Brief round-up of ICANN 64 in Kobe, Japan

Marita Moll, NARALO representative on the At- Large Advisory CommitteeIn Kobe, At-Large held several well-attended sessions dedicated to high-interest policy issues. Panels of invited guests debated their positions on issues like privacy and surveillance in the context of GDPR and the subsequent procedures work which is focused on refining the ground rules for new gTLD applications.

Cochairs of the GCSC

There was also a special presentation by delegates from the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) which is developing proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. (https://cyberstability.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/GCSC-Singapore-Norm-Package-3MB.pdf ).

Of special interest to all delegates were the sessions dealing with the draft five-year strategic plan which will be a high priority topic around ICANN for the next few months. In our response to the the draft strategic plan we noted that promoting and improving Universal Acceptance, implementing Internationalized Domain Names and encouraging readiness for IPv6 were among the necessary steps toward reaching a larger and more diverse Internet end user base. As a result of discussions with the Universal Acceptance Steering Group, the At-Large community has agreed to a plan to use it’s networks to disseminate information about Universal Acceptance in an effort to help resolve this global problem. Please check out the draft plan here (https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/strategic-plan-2021-2025-draft-20dec18-en.pdf ) as well as the At-large response ( https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=102140281).

NCUC and AT-LARGE

There was a joint NCUC, NPOC and At-Large outreach session to inform newcomers about the potential areas of involvement as well as an At-large leadership workshop in which the ALAC delegates discussed priorities and workflow issues. There were discussions with the ICANN board, ICANN CEO, and various constituencies. In addition, there was a joint ALAC-GAC statement on common concerns related to the EPDP discussions.

On the cultural side, the opening session featured a 10 minute presentation by a Japanese dance/percussion group Dadadadan Tenko. Check out the video of this impressive performance: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKkovvXbChQ&index=8&list=PLQziMT9GXafXrsmdU-kg833QMKYuL-qu_ )