Schedule: Sunday, 01 March 2009

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

16:45 - 18:15
Alameda 1 (Hotel Meliá)

Organisers: Wendy Seltzer, Beau Brendler

Format: Panel discussion and Q&A

Description: Some in the ICANN community have reached a point of burnout on the WHOIS issue after seven years of debate that's led to little change. And those who have taken sides in the debate hold their beliefs as articles of faith, making compromise difficult. Do privacy laws outside the United States demonstrate a need for change or abolition of the current system? Is there anything to replace it? Is WHOIS lookup, despite serious imperfections in the data, too valuable a tool for consumers and law enforcement agencies trying to stop cybercrime? Can a technological solution address both privacy concerns and data availability and accuracy concerns?  Right now, ICANN is considering whether to commission further, in-depth study of WHOIS. The list of studies is long and potentially expensive, and seen by many as unnecessary, or, at worst, a stalling tactic, preserving a status quo no one is happy with. Join this panel discussion-style session and get a background on WHOIS issues and some perspectives from multiple sides of the debate, along with some hands-on understanding of what studies are currently being considered, and whether they might actually lead to meaningful policy change. Some suggested advance reading:  Invited speakers include Kristina Rosette, Garth Bruen, and Robin Gross.

Background: What is the "At-Large Summit

The Mexico City meeting is a landmark for ICANN's At-Large community ("At-Large" is the name used for the individual Internet user community participating in ICANN).

The whole At-Large community will be meeting together face-to-face in the 'At-Large Summit'. Approximately 90 representatives of At-Large organisations (called "At-Large Structures") are already confirmed. You will be able to spot them easily, as each will have a ribbon indicating their status as a Summit delegate attached to their ICANN meeting badges.

The Summit is being held 28 February through 5 March 2009 at the Mexico City Sheraton and also at the nearby Melia Mexico Reforma Hotel. All ICANN meeting attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the sessions, all of which are open to everyone.

As proposed by the At-Large community, the Summit has the following objectives:

* Develop the community's capacity for engagement in ICANN by increasing its knowledge and understanding of the key issues confronting ICANN and ICANN's roles and responsibilities;
* Provide an opportunity for the community to finalise and present its advice on some of the most important issues facing the ICANN community today; and last but not least,
* Highlight the successes of the community in recent years and build upon them to ensure that the interests of the world's more than 1 billion individual Internet users are well represented in the development of Internet name and number policy.

Instructions on how to participate remotely may be found at this URL:


Summit Microsite: The At-Large Summit microsite has complete information at:

17:30 - 18:00

17:30 - 19:00
Don Diego 3

What it is | The Issues Report on Registration Abuse Policies provided an overview and analysis of the registration abuse provisions that currently exist in registry and registration agreements. It found that even though many registry and registration agreements contain abuse provisions, there is no universal approach or definition of registration abuse. Furthermore, it raised a number of questions such as what is the difference between registration abuse and domain name use abuse, how effective are existing registration abuse policies and which areas, if any, would be suitable for GNSO policy development to address registration abuse. In response, the GNSO Council created a Registration Abuse Drafting team to develop a charter for a Working Group to consider the questions raised by the Issues Report in further detail. As part of its work on the charter, the Registration Abuse Drafting Team recommended the organization of a public workshop at the ICANN meeting in Mexico City to allow for community discussion and input on the issues outlined above to serve as a basis of knowledge and information from which the Working Group can start its deliberations.

Why it's important | Registration Abuse definition: As noted in the Issues Report, ‘there appears to be no universally accepted definition of what constitutes abuse’. Furthermore, the Issues Report notes that ‘section 4.2.3 of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement between ICANN and accredited registrars provides for the establishment of new and revised Consensus Policies concerning the registration of domain names, including abuse in the registration of names, but policies involving the use of a domain name (unrelated to its registration) are outside the scope of policies that ICANN could enforce on registries and/or registrars’. Defining domain name registration abuse, as distinct from abuse arising solely from use of a domain name while it is registered, will require community discussion.
Best practices / current experiences

A number of contracted parties have implemented policies prohibiting abusive registrations and/or abusive uses, and a number of non-contracted parties have experience with the enforcement of policies and practices that prohibit abusive domain name registrations and/or abusive uses. Speakers will share their experiences, their views on potential GNSO policy making in this area, and current mechanisms for reporting and addressing abusive registration.
The way forward – what role for ICANN?
A first exchange of views on what role ICANN could / should play in relation to registration abuse and if/how this role can be achieved through GNSO policymaking.

Who should attend? | Anyone interested in the Registration Abuse Policies Issue.


Wednesday, 4 March 2009

(All day)

07:00 - 09:00
Doña Sol

What it is | A daily opportunity for the selected Fellowship participants to engage in dialogue with topical presenters from the ICANN community and program alumni to learn more about certain aspects of ICANN and it's Supporting Organisations and Advisory Committees, or hot topics of this particular ICANN meeting, as well as ask questions in a smaller setting.

Why it's important | The fellowship participants represent developing and underdeveloped countries within the 5 ICANN regions; they are the building blocks for the next generation of ICANN. By participating in the ICANN meetings, fellows can better support ICANN's mission and goals, by advancing the knowledge and education in their own country.

Who should attend? | Anyone who would like to learn more about the program, its participants, and why they are important to the growth and expansion of the ICANN community and mission.

08:00 - 12:30
Don Alberto 2-4 (Main Room)

Scribe Feed:

What it is | In this session the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) Council, the body responsible for managing the policy development process for generic top-level domains (gTLDs), provides an opportunity for community members to interact with the Council as it conducts its meeting.

Who should attend? | Anyone interested in the GNSO's policy work is free to attend.


08:30 - 09:00

08:30 - 09:00
Don Alberto 1

09:00 - 15:30
Don Diego 1

What it is | The Country-Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) which helps develop global policy for country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs), convenes both a members meeting and a Council meeting in Mexico City.

Why it's important | The Council and Members will discuss a number of issues affecting a cross-section of the world's country codes. Additionally there will be updates on developments and best practice from various ccTLD managers.

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.



09:00 - 12:00
GAC Plenary
Don Alberto 1