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New gTLD Program
Global Consultation and Outreach Events


With the expected introduction of New generic top-level domains (New gTLDs) into the market place in 2010, ICANN is hosting a series of live events and webinars starting June 2009. These events are designed in a wide range of formats to address different levels of knowledge.

The purpose of these events is to explain the Program, share the progress that ICANN has made to-date and to receive feedback from the community that will facilitate shaping the program.

These events are geared towards businesses small and large, trademark experts, professional associations, consumer and other civil society groups, members of the domain name industry, government officials, potential applicants and the ICANN community. All events are free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

During the upcoming consultation sessions in New York (13 July) and London (15 July), attendees will have the chance to hear from ICANN staff and others who have contributed to the ongoing process, including members of the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) that submitted their report to the ICANN Board on measures to protect intellectual property. The proposed events in Hong Kong (24 July) and Abu-Dhabi (4 August) will mainly focus on the New gTLDs and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) programs details. The main language of the events is English.

There are 3 types of events:

Live Outreach

Live outreach events give an introduction to New gTLDs, provide up-to date program developments and make available relevant ICANN staff for questions and answers. These sessions are aimed at people with little or no prior knowledge of New gTLDs.

Live Consultation

Live consultations will engage the global Internet community to discuss workable solutions to outstanding issues on specific aspects of the program, particularly trademark protection and malicious behavior. These sessions are aimed at people that have been closely following the Program development and still have concerns.


Webinars are on-line events that will give an introduction to New gTLDs and an in-depth understanding on specific topics and up-to date program developments. These sessions are aimed at people with different levels of knowledge.

We expect high demand for places. On-line pre-registration is recommended and allocation will be on a first-come first-served basis. Once the registration is complete, we will contact applicants confirming their place. Preference will be given to people who are attending one of these consultation sessions (Sydney, London, New York) for the first time. Remote participation will be available.

Registration closed for Consultation Events in New York and London - An MP3 recording of both events will be made available shortly. The cut-off date to pre-register for Hong Kong is July 22, 2009 and Abu Dhabi, August 1, 2009.

Please note that attendees are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements, accommodation and meals.

Specific agenda, speakers and other informational materials are now available on this page for the New York and London events, although agenda and speakers may be subject to change.

How to participate?

Please go to the pre-registrations page:

For remote participation during the Hong Kong Outreach Event please log into:

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at the New gTLD global events.

Karla Valente
Director Communications, Product & Services


Additional locations and webinars are under development.


Date & Time


Type of Event

Event Specific Information


24 June 2009


Sydney Hilton Hotel


488 George Street | Sydney, NSW 2000 | Australia

Live Consultation

For other New gTLD related events during ICANN Sydney Meeting go to:

Agenda and Speakers

New York

13 July 2009


Hudson Theatre, Millennium Hotel


145 West 44th Street | New York

Local Restaurants [PDF, 48K]

Live Consultation

Video archive of meeting:

Part I: Trademark Protection report
Part II: WIPO and eNom reports
Part III: Public feedback
Part IV: Malicious conduct panel

Audio Archive of meeting:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Agenda and Speakers [PDF, 808K]

See also general resources below.


15 July 2009


Royal Institute of British Architects


66 Portland Place | London | W1B 1AD | UK

Live Consultation

Video archive of meeting:

Part I: Trademark protection report (IRT)
Part II: WIPO, eNom and other reflections on IRT report. Some questions from the floor
Part III: Public feedback
Part IV: Malicious conduct panel

Audio Archive of meeting:

Welcome Part 1
Welcome Part 2
Q & A
Trademark Protection Part 1
Trademark Protection Part 2
Trademark Protection Part 3
Malicious Behaviour
Economic Impact
WIPO Part 1
WIPO Part 2

Agenda and Speakers [PDF, 396K]

Trademark Protection

Malicious Behaviour

Economic Impact

See also general resources below.

Hong Kong

24 July 2009


Island Shangri-la Hotel


Pacific Place |
Supreme Court Road |
Central | Hong Kong

On-line booking link: Click to make your reservation. Confirmation will be sent to your email.

Live Outreach

Video archive of meeting:

Part I: Introduction to ICANN (COO Doug Brent); Keynote speech (Pindar Wong)
Part II: New gTLD program overview (Doug Brent, Karla Valente)
Part III: IDN update (Doug Brent, Marika Konnings, Liz Gasster)
Part IV: Internet Governance and Asia panel discussion

Audio archive of meeting:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Agenda and Speakers [PDF, 136K]


4 August 2009


The Sheraton Hotel


Corniche Road
P.O. Box 640
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

On-line booking link: Click to make your reservation. Confirmation will be sent to your email.

Live Outreach


Liz Gasster - Introduction [PDF, 77K]
Karla Valente - Morning Session [PDF, 125K]
Baher Esmat - IDNs [PDF, 116K]
Liz Gasster - Policy Update [PDF, 156K]

Agenda and Speakers [PDF, 148K]



Factsheet on New gTLD Program [PDF, 772K]

Factsheet IDN Program [PDF, 1,170K]

Consultation Invitation to New York and London [PDF, 425K]

Global Outreach Invitation to Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi [PDF, 424K]


For information about the New gTLD Program

Current Draft Applicant Guidebook (DAGv2) [PDF, 1,460K]

For consultation sessions, please also see:

Inquiries about the events:

Hayley Laframboise
Communications Coordinator

Press inquiries:

Brad White
Director of Media Affairs
+1 202 429 2710

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