Here is a quick rundown of ICANN-related events and information for participating both in person and remotely.
There are two main sessions from the ICANN perspective. On Sunday 15 November, at 9.30 to 11.00am local time in Room 1 (Sinai), ICANN will be running an open forum that will cover the organization’s latest developments, including the new Affirmation of Commitments, the recently approved "fast track" for IDN Internet extensions, the new generic top-level domain process, and other topics.
If you not attending the conference in person, the session will be audiocast and you will be able to send in interventions via email and through a chat function on the IGF site.
Then, on Monday 16 November, there will be a main session on Managing Critical Internet Resources in the main room from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
This event will be webcast and, again, you will be able to send in questions via email and through chatrooms.
Links to the webcasts, audiocasts and chatrooms will be posted on the IGF’s webpage at http://www.intgovforum.org.
There are also a number of "remote hubs" around the world that comprise local meetings where participants are able not only to watch the webcast of the IGF but also to interact with the meeting.
Those participating will also be able to discuss the themes covered by the IGF from a local perspective with others from their own region. The Forum serves as a stimulus or a starting point for the debate of local issues and implications and for the development of a network of interested people in every region.
For more information go to: http://www.igfremote.com/
Apart from those two main sessions, there are a range of other sessions that may be of interest to ICANN community members. These include:
Monday 14.00-15.30 (Room 2, Red Sea): Best practices in ccTLD Policy and Operations management Resources
Monday 14.30-16.00 (Room 3, Suez Canal): Managing Internet Addresses: Global and regional viewpoint
Tuesday 11.00-12.30 (Room 1, Sinai): IPv6 Transition: Economic and Technical Consideration
Tuesday 11.00-12.30 (Room 2, Red Sea): Domain Name Use: Theft, Threats & Solutions
Tuesday 14.30-17.30 (Room 4, Nile Valley): Securing Cyberspace: Strategy for the Future
Tuesday 15.00-18.00 (Main room): Internet Governance in the light of WSIS Principles
Wednesday 9.00-12.30 (Room 3, Suez Canal):Code of good practice on participation, access to information and transparency in Internet governance
Wednesday 14.00-15.30 (Room 4, Nile Valley): Arabic Script IDNs: Challenges and Solution
ICANN will have a booth in the IGF Village. Stop by and see us at booth #20 for access to printed and electronic materials, information and opportunities to speak with an ICANN staff member regarding current issues.
You can view the full IGF meeting schedule online at: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2009/sharm_el_Sheikh/WorkshopSchedule.html