ICANN Meetings in Marrakech, Morocco
24 - 30 June 2006
The next ICANN meeting will be held June 24 - 30 in Marrakech, Morocco. The meetings are free to attend, and open to any interested person. ICANN encourages broad participation in its bottom-up consensus-development process. You can take part in these meetings by attending in person, by taking part in the webcast and remote participation opportunities, and/or by joining one of the various ICANN-related mailing lists. The local host's website contains more information about the venue, transportation and hotels.
Comments submitted via email to the meeting can be viewed at the public archive, http://forum.icann.org/lists/marrakech.
Information relating to Visa's can be obtained from the local host's website. If you require a letter of invitation to obtain a visa, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Information regarding Strategic Planning in Marrakech:
At the Marrakech meeting, ICANN is beginning the consultation process for the 2007 -- 2009 strategic plan. As part of its commitment to the internationalisation of its processes, ICANN will be running sessions to seek input to the planning process in French, Arabic, Spanish and English. These sessions will be hosted by the ICANN Regional Liaison from the relevant region and so will present an opportunity not only to provide input to the overall organisational planning process but also to raise issues of specific regional interest with ICANN's representative in your region. ICANN is very keen to receive input from the regions and we encourage your participation in these sessions. The sessions will be held in Reda 2. Times for the Sessions are now scheduled as follows (if you cannot make one of these sessions, please leave information on how to contact you and a time when you are available with the Help Desk staff and Patrick Sharry will contact you):
Tuesday 27 June Wednesday 28 June 13:00-14:00 - Arabic 09:00-10:00 - English 14:00-15:00 - French 10:00-11:00 - Arabic 15:00-16:00 - Spanish 11:00-12:00 - French 16:00-17:00 - English 12:00-13:00 - Spanish
Friday, 23 June 2006
Saturday, 24 June 2006
- Government Advisory Committee Working Groups (closed) (14:30-17:30)(Salle Royale)
- AfTLD (African Top Level Domain Names Association) Meeting (8:00-13:00) (14:00-18:00) (Fez 1)
What it is: Regional meeting of African TLD managers Why it's important: The African region ccTLD managers meeting is an important opportunity to engage with and understand issues relevant to ccTLD managers in the Africa region, including AfTLD initiatives and events in the region. The ccTLD managers in the African region have played an important role in ICANN, including participation in the ccNSO. Who Should Attend: African TLD managers, other TLD managers, others with an interest in ICT in the region, government officials.
Sunday, 25 June 2006
- Government Advisory Committee Working Groups (closed) (8:00-12:00) (14:00-15:00) (Salle Royale) Presentation (PDF)
- ALAC RALO Workshop (10:30-15:00) (Fez 1A)
What it is: ICANN's At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is responsible for providing advice on the activities of ICANN, as they relate to the interests of individual Internet users (the "At-Large" community), and for helping the At-Large community organize for individual Internet user's participation in ICANN policy making (specifically, create Regional At-Large Organizations, RALOs). Workshop participants will discuss ALAC/RALO-working structures and RALO-bylaws and which approaches best support individual Internet users participation and involvement in ICANN policy development activities. Why it's important: At-Large is the place for individuals who want to be involved in issues that affect individual's use of the Internet's domain name system. The ALAC will be discussing progress towards creating Regional At-Large Organizations, from which new ALAC members will be appointed, and will consider whether alternatives ways of organizing At-Large groups should be explored to encourage effective At-Large participation in ICANN. Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in individual user participation in ICANN.
- Discussion on ALAC/RALO-working structures and RALO-bylaws which serve Internet users best to participate and have an impact on ICANN policies
- Public Roundtable - Welcome to ICANN, Here's What it Means to You (11:00-12:00) (Fez 2)
What it is: Roundtable discussion of what ICANN does, why ICANN is important to various stakeholder communities, and what the ICANN community will be doing in Marrakech. Why it's important: Provides an essential briefing on ICANN basics and an introduction to the key ICANN stakeholders groups and their plans for Marrakech. Who Should Attend: Open to all ICANN meeting participants, especially helpful for those attending their first ICANN meeting.
- Open to all ICANN meeting participants, especially those attending their first ICANN meeting; roundtable discussion of what ICANN does, why ICANN is important to various stakeholder communities, and what the ICANN community will be doing in Marrakech
- Public Meeting of the Security & Stability Advisory Committee * (13:00-14:30) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript]
What it is: Security and Stability Advisory Committee presentations on surprising consequences when domain name registration lapses and someone else takes over the name. Also, introduction to the new Standing Panel of Experts to review security and stability concerns in proposed registry changes. This will also be a time for open questions and answers about the Security and Stability Advisory Committee and a look at the new web pages. Why it's important: Many registrants do not look ahead to consider what happens to a domain name when they are finished with it. In many cases, the results are surprising and unpleasant. The reports presented show why. While these incidents are more common in the large gTLDs, similar problems are possible in ccTLDs and can be reduced through local policies controlling reuse of domain names. Who Should Attend: Anyone who provides advice or service to registrants, and anyone interested in the operation of the new Standing Panel of Experts.
- Workshop on IDN * (15:00-18:00) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript] Presentation (PDF)
What it is: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are a key part of making all the resources of the Internet available to users worldwide in their local scripts. Why it's important: This session focuses on a review of IDN policy issues that are critical to further progress on IDN implementation and will discuss suggestions for how to assign country code strings. Who Should Attend: Government representatives, gTLD and ccTLD managers, application developers, any Internet users with an interest in the policy background to IDN issues.
Monday, 26 June 2006
- Welcome Ceremony * (9:00-10:00) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript]
What it is: Local hosts' welcome to Marrakech, and formal opening to the meeting. Why it's important: Provides a preview of the week's activities. Who Should Attend: All ICANN meeting participants are encouraged to attend this event.
- ccNSO Members Meeting * (10:00-13:00) (14:00-17:15) (Fez 1)
- Government Advisory Committee Open Meeting "Govt. Perspectives on Public Policy Aspects of WHOIS" (10:30-12:30) (Salle Royale)
- Government Advisory Committee Plenary Open Session with ICANN CEO & Board (open) (16:30-18:00) (Salle Royale)
What it is: Members of the ICANN Board of Directors and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) will participate in an open dialogue on current issues. Why it's important: The Board and the GAC meet at each ICANN meeting to address issues of interest, including matters relating to public policy and the GAC's work. This is an example of the important role of governments in the ICANN process, the engagement with respective stakeholders in the ICANN structure as the implementation of, and work relating to, international public-private partnership. Who Should Attend: Government representatives, any stakeholders with an interest in ICANN and public policy issues.
- Government Advisory Committee Plenary (closed) (14:30-16:15) (Salle Royale)
- GNSO Constituency Day
- Cross Constituency Meeting - Commercial and Business Users, ISP, IP Interests (13:30-15:30) (Karam 2)
- gTLD Registries Constituency Meeting (12:30-18:30) (Karam 1)
(For more information on the Constituency, visit http://gtldregistries.org/)
- Registrars Constituency (09:00-18:00) (Fez 2)
- Commercial and Business Users Constituency Meeting (12:30-13:30) (Karam 2)
- Intellectual Property Interests Constituency Meeting (16:00-18:00) (Reda 4)
- Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency Meeting (16:00-18:00) (Reda 1)
- Noncommercial Domain Name Users Constituency Meeting (14:00-18:00) (Reda 2)
Tuesday, 27 June 2006
- ccNSO Members Meeting * (9:00-13:00) (Fez 1)
- Workshop on Internet Governance * (8:00-9:30) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript]
What it is: A discussion of private-sector leadership and ICANN's role in the arena of self-governance of the Internet. Why it's important: This session will focus on the work of the President's Strategy Committee and its work on issues of importance to ICANN, including relating to the discussions on Internet governance and related topics. The session shall also provide an update on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Who Should Attend: Government representatives, any stakeholders with an interest in Internet Governance issues.
- Domain Name Marketplace Workshop * (9:30-12:30) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript]
What it is: An educational session on the current marketplace for domain names, including domain name monetization activities, impact on registrants, and related policy issues. Speakers from leading industry interests, including registries and registrars, will discuss some key recent developments with far-reaching consequences. Why it's important: Provides a detailed look at how the domain name marketplace operates today and how some of the more controversial of these market activities are evolving. Panel members will discuss what, if anything, ICANN's role should be in these areas. Who Should Attend: Domain-name holders (registrants), registrars, industry participants, parties with intellectual property interests, anyone with an interest in marketplace issues.
- GNSO Public Forum * (12:30-15:30) (Salle des Ministres) Presentation (PDF)
What it is: The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) helps to promote the development of Internet policy for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) (such as .com, .org, etc.) and encourages diverse and international participation in the technical management of the Internet. This public forum gives all interested individuals an opportunity to share their views on any issue pending before the GNSO. The GNSO will report on its policy work in progress, and open the microphone for your comments. Why it's important: This is your opportunity to tell the decision-makers on the GNSO Council, and the ICANN community in general, what you think about key issues such as how new gTLDs should be introduced, and what domain name registration data (WHOIS data) should be available for public access. Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in gTLD issues specifically, and the domain name system in general, including registrars, gTLD registries, businesses, Internet service providers, Internet users, and government representatives.
- Government Advisory Committee Plenary (14:30-18:00) (closed) (Salle Royale)
- IDN Workshops * (15:30-19:30) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript]
What it is: A continuation of Sunday's session, with the latest on IDN initiatives. Why it's important: The workshop concludes with coverage of IDN technical issues including the plan for testing of live IDN TLDs, and an update on IDN activities taking place in Africa and the Middle East. Who Should Attend: Government representatives, gTLD and ccTLD managers, application developers, any Internet users with an interest in the policy background to IDN issues.
- Host Reception
Wednesday, 28 June 2006
- Workshop on DNSSEC * (8:00-10:00) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript]
What it is: DNSSEC is a set of extensions to the domain-name system (DNS) that are designed to protect the DNS from certain types of attacks. Why it's important: ICANN's Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) discusses this key initiative in securing the DNS infrastructure, and reviews the latest developments in DNSSEC deployment. Who Should Attend: ccTLD and gTLD representatives, registrars, IT professionals, security industry participants, anyone with an interest in DNS security issues.
- Introduction of the DNS security protocol, DNSSEC, with particular attention to the registry, registrar and ISP community in the Africa and Middle East region. The introduction will start with a dramatic demonstration of DNS Hijacking to illustrate one of the dangers in DNS operated over wireless networks. The program includes a careful introduction of the concepts, and time allocated for questions and answers.
- ALAC Latin America/Caribbean Islands RALO (8:30-10:00) (ALAC meeting room)
- Government Advisory Committee Plenary (9:00-13:00) (closed) (Salle Royale)
- GNSO Council Meeting * (10:00-12:00) (Salle des Ministres)
What it is: The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council, the GNSO's representative decision-making body which helps develop policy for generic top-level domains (gTLDs), convenes in Marrakech. Why it's important: The Council will consider policy for the introduction of new domain names (gTLDs), changes to rules governing personal data in WHOIS databases, proposals to advance the introduction of internationalized domain names, as well as other important issues. Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in gTLD issues specifically, and the domain name system in general, including registrars, gTLD registries, businesses, Internet service providers, Internet users, and government representatives.
- At-Large Advisory Committee Meeting (10:00-12:00;16:00-18:00) (Fez 1a)
- ccNSO Council Meeting * (10:00-12:00) (Fez 1)
What it is: The Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council, the ccNSO's representative decision-making body which helps develop policy for country code top-level domains (gTLDs), convenes in Marrakech. Why it's important: The Council will consider numerous issues affecting a cross-section of the world's country codes, and will receive an update from its members on the latest developments with their ccTLDs. Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in ccTLD issues specifically, and the domain name system in general, including registrars, registries, businesses, Internet service providers, Internet users, and government representatives.
- Public Forum, Part I * (13:00-18:00) (Salle des Ministres) [Transcript]
- President's Report
- ICANN Operational Plan & Budget for FY05-06
- A review of the Operating Plan and Budgets for the upcoming fiscal year including an overview of the planning process, the community consultations that have occurred and major milestones described in the Operating Plan.
- Public Comment on President's Report and ICANN's Operational Plan & Budget for FY05-06
- Supporting Organization & Advisory Committee Reports
- GNSO Council Report (PDF)
- ALAC (At-Large Advisory Committee)
- ccNSO Report
- Public Comment on Supporting Organization & Advisory Committee Reports
- Brazil 2006 Meeting Hosts
- Nominating Committee Report
- IDN Update
- Report on IANA Processes
- Ombudsman Report
- Public Comment on Reports by Nominating Committee & Ombudsman &IDN Update
- Open Microphone
Thursday, 29 June 2006
- Public Forum, Part II * (9:00-12:00) (Salle des Ministres)
- Supporting Organization & Advisory Committee Reports
- ASO (Address Supporting Organization) Report
- GAC (Governmental Advisory Committee)
- RSSAC (Root-Server System Advisory Committee)
- SSAC (Security and Stability Advisory Committee)
- In response to community comments, the reports of the following Board Committees have been posted instead of being read during the Public Forum; questions and comments on these reports will be taken by the chairs of the respective committees during this time:
- Audit Committee (Njeri Rionge) Presentation (PDF)
- Board Governance Committee (Alejandro Pisanty) — This committee has no report from this meeting; they have scheduled a telephonic meeting for July.
- Conflict of Interest Committee (Susan Crawford) Presentation (PDF)
- Finance Committee (Hagen Hultzsch) Presentation (PDF)
- Meetings Committee (Veni Markovski) Presentation (PDF)
- Reconsideration Committee (Vanda Scartezini) Presentation (PDF)
- Public Comments on Board Committee Reports & Supporting Organization Reports
- Update on Strategic Planning
- An update describing the Strategic Planning consultations that have taken place in Marrakech that will inform the drafting of the next Strategic Plan. Consultations were held in French, English, Arabic and Spanish.
- Comments on Strategic Planning & Open Microphone
- Nominating Committee Workshop (14:00-15:00) (Salle des Ministres)
What it is: Nominating Committee Workshop: NomCom in 2006, progress and process. Why it's important: NomCom members will explain how the 2006 committee is going about its work and attempt to demystify this confidential process. Mainly question and answer. Who Should Attend: All! NomCom needs your help finding the best people to serve ICANN.
- At-Large Advisory Committee Meeting (14:00-18:00) (Fez 1a)
Friday, 30 June 2006
- Board Meeting * (8:30) (Salle de Ministres) [Transcript]
- At-Large Advisory Committee Meeting (12:00-14:00) (If needed) (Fez 1a)
Pre-registration for this meeting is now open. Click here to pre-register. Pre-registration is not required to attend the meeting.
Upon arrival, participants should pick up their badges and meeting materials at the registration desk.
More information about sponsorship opportunities can be found on the local host's website.
ICANN appreciates the support of the community in providing financial sponsorship for ICANN meetings. This sponsorship is a vital part of enabling ICANN to provide quality programs for meeting attendees. In particular, such generous sponsorship allows ICANN to hold its meetings in geographically diverse locations that allows broader participation across the world's Internet community. Details will be posted as they become available.
ICANN reserves the right not to accept sponsorships from organizations whose missions and activities conflict with ICANN policies.
Webcasting at ICANN Marrakech
ICANN apologises for the degraded quality of the webcasting at the ICANN Marrakech meeting. Much of the equipment to support the webcast has not been available due to a complex series of events related to temporary import/export documentation. This is not the fault of the local hosts or the Moroccan Government. ICANN is committed to supporting as many forms of access to its meetings as possible. Future meetings will continue to be webcast, and ICANN thanks the community for their understanding.
PLEASE NOTE: Webcasts will begin approxmitely 15 minutes before the scheduled event. Please refer to the above schedule for event time.
Comments submitted via email to the meeting can be viewed at the public archive, http://forum.icann.org/lists/marrakech.
Due to a logistical issue, we were unable to stream the ccNSO
sessions in realtime. Audio recording of the session(s)
were made, and are available at:
ccNSO Members Meeting - 26 June 2006
There will be an Internet Lounge. Wireless Internet connectivity (802.11b) will also be available in the main meeting and public areas.
Members of the press should contact email@example.com.