Workshop: Accountability and Transparency Management Operating Principles Consultations

27 Jun 2007 - 16:00
27 Jun 2007 - 17:30
San Geronimo


What it is: 
An open, structured discussion about the draft management operating principles that ICANN has produced in order to improve the transparency and accountability of the organisation.
Why it's important: 
The draft principles are a significant step forward for ICANN in terms of telling the community how it is transparent and accountable as well as suggestions for future implementation. The principles put down on paper, often for the first time, ICANN's approach to its work. These include several new elements such as: an information disclosure policy; a translation policy; and a participation policy.
Who should attend: 
Anyone interested in the functioning of ICANN as an organisation.

Workshop: Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) *CANCELLED

27 Jun 2007 - 16:00
27 Jun 2007 - 18:00

*THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to the large number of other IDN sessions occurring during the San Juan meeting. The time allocated for the workshop will instead be used for an IDN policy coordination meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the status of IDNs or how to participate in the work to deploy IDNs, please contact ICANN’s IDN Director, Tina Dam, or participate in one of the IDN sessions this week.

A list of ALL IDN-related sessions can be viewed at

NCUC/At-Large - gTLDs - Freedom of Expression

27 Jun 2007 - 13:00
27 Jun 2007 - 15:30
San Geronimo


What it is: 
Civil society’s /“Keep the Core Neutral”/ workshop will explore freedom of expression issues in the policy development process to introduce new generic top-level domains (gTLDS) As the ICANN community debates policy options to allow new top-level domains, it must consider important issues that impact what ideas may be expressed in a domain name. The workshop aims to provide a public discussion point in the ICANN policy development process for new top-level domains.
Why it's important: 
The right of individuals to express their ideas in cyberspace, particularly at the top-level of the Internet hierarchy is at stake. Pressure from governments to prevent the registration of certain domain names grows stronger, while many wish to keep the technical infrastructure neutral from national policy debates. The final policy selected by the ICANN Board will affect every person who wishes to use a new top-level domain, so the impact is global in scope.
Who should attend: 
The workshop is open to the public. Anyone in the ICANN community who is interested in discussing freedom of expression issues related to generic top-level domians (gTLDs) should attend.
Agenda details : 

The workshop will address new gtld policy issues such as:

  • should ICANN remain content neutral in national policy debates when evaluating applications for domains?
  • how can ICANN protect freedom of expression rights in domain name policy?
  • what is the proper role for governments in approving or rejecting top-level domains?
  • what is the appropriate balance between trademarks and free expression rights in domain names?
  • who should decide which ideas are too controversial to be allowed in a top-level domain?
  • how to balance competing rights to use the same words in domain names?
  • should trademark owners be given prior registration privileges before other rights holders?
  • should a controversial domain name be rejected or delayed

Workshop Speakers:

  • Joi Ito, ICANN board member and Creative Commons board member
  • Christine Haight Farley, Law professor at American University
  • Michael Palage, Attorney and ex-board member of ICANN
  • Milton Mueller, Chairman of ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency, professor at Syracuse University and founding partner of Internet Governance Project
  • TBC

Workshop organized by ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC)

Website for the civil society workshop:

Workshop: New Geo-TLDs - More Consumer Choice or More Consumer Confusion? (Co-sponsors: NCUC, At-Large)

26 Jun 2007 - 12:30
26 Jun 2007 - 14:30


San Geronimo A/B
What it is: 
After years of discussion ICANN is moving towards the adoption of a policy framework for the introduction of new gTLDs. Among the most controversial categories of new gTLDs are TLDs which refer to names of cities and regions. Some groups argue that such new so-called Geo-TLDs would give consumers more choice and would stimulate competition among service providers. On the other hand some governments and private sector constituencies have raised concerns and argue that Geo-TLDs would lead to consumer confusion or would affect public policy. The ALAC Workshop "New Geo-TLDs: More Consumer Choice or More Consumer Confusion?" offers a space for discussion and exchange of arguments. Three projects - .berlin, .nyc and .paris - are presented. Comments will come from different constituencies from the private sector, civil society and governments as well as from members of various ICANN bodies.
Why it's important: 
This session will tackle one of the central issues related to these types of new TLDs in an informative and structured debate. It should help the whole ICANN community to understand the issues better and reach informed conclusions.
Who should attend: 
All interested in new TLDs.

Workshop: Protection of Registrants

25 Jun 2007 - 12:00
25 Jun 2007 - 13:45
San Geronimo


What it is: 
The session will described recent efforts (and their results) undertaken by ICANN and specific constituencies to ensure that domain names continue to resolve and remain stable as the DNS system evolves. Recent and anticipated changes in this environment include the growth in the number of gTLD registrars, the failure of some registrars, and the expected delegation of many new TLDs, including IDNs. Specifically, this workshop will describe the implementation of the gTLD registrar data escrow program (including, suggested amendments to the RAA and a process for implementing changes, ICANN’s gTLD registry failover program, and recent work done by ICANN’s Contractual Compliance function).
Why it's important: 
The sum of these topics describe recent work by the ICANN constituencies regarding the protection of domain names registrations in the event of registry or registrar nonfeasance or malfeasance. This discussion will describe the process and substance for moving the discussions of registrant protection forward.
Who should attend: 
Interested gTLD registrants, registrars, registries and others wishing to contribute to this discussion.
Agenda details : 

Monday, 25 June 2007, 1300 - 15:30
Session Chair and Moderator: Susan Crawford, ICANN Board of Directors
1) Introductions - Kurt Pritz, Senior Vice President, Services, ICANN
2) Registrar Data Escrow
a) Speaker: Jon Nevett, Registrar Constituency
b) Speaker: Mike Zupke, Registrar Liaison Manager, ICANN [SLIDES]
c) Vittorio Bertola, ALAC
3) Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) Amendments
a) Speaker: Rob Hall, Registrar Constituency
b) Speaker: Kurt Pritz [SLIDES]
c) Beau Brendler, ALAC [SLIDES]
4) gTLD Registry Failover
a) Speaker: Patrick Jones, Registry Liaison Manager, ICANN [SLIDES]
b) Speaker: Chuck Gomes, Registry Constituency [SLIDES]
c) Speaker: ALAC member
5) Contractual Compliance
a) Speaker: Stacy Burnette, Director, Contractual Compliance, ICANN
b) Speaker: ALAC member
6) Concluding Remarks - Susan Crawford
7) Question from the Floor

Workshop: Internet Governance

28 Jun 2007 - 12:15
28 Jun 2007 - 13:15


San Geronimo
What it is: 
A meeting to discuss the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro in November - in particular the role that ICANN expects to play in a first-day discussion of "critical Internet resources" and a number of workshops that ICANN wishes to run with the involvement of the community.
Why it's important: 
The IGF is a large meeting of governments, business and civil society that come together to discuss Internet issues. This meeting will help ICANN make decisions about what it should do at the IGF.
Who should attend: 
All those interested in the global policy aspects of ICANN's role and wider Internet governance issues.
Agenda details : 

Internet Governance
Critical Internet Resources – ICANN’s Role
12.15 - 13.15

Moderator: Markus Kummer

Introduction -- Setting the Scene of the Second IGF meeting -- Markus Kummer

Observations from the Hosts -- José Victor Hansem (Brazil)

Broad Overview of critical Internet resources -- Vint Cerf

IP addressing: IPv4 and migration to IPv6 -- Raul Echeberria, LACNIC

Security -- issues of relevance for ccTLDs -- Chris Disspain

ALAC perspective -- Jacqueline Morris

Discussion / Q/A

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