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Striking a delicate balance:  Internet policy work at the global level

Pre ICANN 65 (Marrakesh) briefing

The Internet is a global system. So policies about safety, security, reliability as well as issues such as cooperation with various governance and legal systems in different  jurisdictions must take place in an international context. Are you ever curious about how that happens? Attend the 3rd local ICANN briefing and find out about how decisions are being made through a unique multistakeholder model.

Date: May 30, 2019

Time: 5 – 7 pm

Location: Rebel.com offices, 201-377 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, K1N 9N8

Sponsored by: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Telecommunities Canada

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5-6 pm

(1) Introductions ( 5 min)

(2) Brief explanation of the ICANN multistakeholder system (10min)

What is this about?

Many groups are involved in the ICANN decision making process. This presentation will focus on how the views of end-users and civil society representatives are represented in this process.

Presentation by ICANN Stakeholder Engagement  

Questions and comments from local and remote meeting participants

(3) Privacy and data protection policies:  ICANN community work on domain registration data to ensure they are not in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in effect in the European Union (20min)

What is this about?

Explanatory (3min) interview with Keith Drazek and Rafik Damak — two key figures in the community discussions https://soundcloud.com/icann/expedited-policy-development-process-epdp-update

Quick updates from constituency representatives

Non-commercial stakeholders group

Government advisory committee (Canada)

At Large (end user) community

Questions and comments from local and remote meeting participants

4.  Geographic names (15min)

What is this about?

A new policy is currently being debated regarding the use of geographic names at the top level in the domain name system. In an ongoing dispute, Amazon (the corporation) as awarded the name .amazon until the 8 countries along the Amazon basin launched an appeal. The goal is new rules to prevent such an impasse.

Marita Moll, member of the Geonames Work Group

Questions and comments from local and remote meeting participants

5. Universal Acceptance (15min)

What is this about?

Quick explanation from leaders in this field (3min)

Explanation of the At-large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and Government Advisory Committee (GAC) positions on Universal Acceptance at ICANN 64 (Kobe)

Questions and comments from local and remote meeting participants

6 – 7 pm

Networking and reception

Ask more questions and get to know your local representatives in this unusual decision making process.

Refreshments will be available


Remote  participation


Topic: Pre-ICANN 65 Marrakesh

Time: May 30, 2019 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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ICANN is the global multistakeholder organization which coordinates the Internet’s system of unique identifiers — IP addresses and domain names — and develops policy related to these functions. This policy is developed through a unique multistakeholder model which is designed to provide consensus based decision making through a universal, inclusive and transparent system in which no one group can dominate the process.

Although few Internet end users are aware of its existence, ICANN manages the most fundamental building blocks of the Internet and sees to it that the system remains safe, secure and stable.

ICANN holds three public meetings per year in various regions around the world. These meetings are free for participants and can be attended remotely from anywhere in the world.

The next two meetings are:

Marrakesh,  June 24-27, 2019,  https://meetings.icann.org/en/marrakech65

Montreal, November. 2-7. 2019  remote participation details TBA

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