Pre ICANN 65 Briefing in Ottawa-May 30, 2019

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Striking a delicate balance: Internet policy work at the global level

ICANN 65 (Marrakesh) Briefing

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The Internet is a global system. So policies about safety, security, reliability as well as issues such as cooperation with various governance and legal systems in different  jurisdictions must take place in an international context. Are you ever curious about how that happens? Attend the 3rd local ICANN read-out and find out about how decisions are being made in the background through a unique multistakeholder model.


Date: May 30, 2019

Time: 5 – 7 pm

Location: offices,
201-377 Dalhousie Street, 
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N8

Sponsored by: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Telecommunities Canada


5-6 pm

1, Introductions                                                                                        5min

(2) Brief explanation of the ICANN multistakeholder system            (10min)

What is this about?

Many groups are involved in the ICANN decision making process. This presentation will focus on how the views of end-users and civil society representatives are represented in this process.

Presentation by ICANN Stakeholder Engagement  

Questions and comments from local and remote meeting participants

(3) Privacy and data protection policies:  ICANN community work on domain registration data to ensure they are not in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in effect in the European Union                         (20min)

What is this about?

Explanatory (3min) interview with Keith Drazek and Rafik Damak — two key figures in the community discussions

4.  Geographic names (15min)

What is this about?

A new policy is currently being debated regarding the use of geographic names at the top level in the domain name system. In an ongoing dispute, Amazon (the corporation) as awarded the name until the 8 countries along the Amazon basin

Marita Moll, member of the Geonames Work Group

Discussion and comments from meeting participants

5. Universal Acceptance (15min)

What is this about? (3min)

ICANN Universal Acceptance Steering Group

ALAC and GAC statements on Universal Acceptance at ICANN 64 (Kobe)

Community participation

6 – 7 pm

Networking and reception

Ask more questions, get to know your representative in this unusual decision making process.

Refreshments will be offered as part of  the post-read-out networking reception


ICANN is the global multistakeholder organization which coordinates the Internet’s system of unique identifiers — IP addresses and domain names — and develops policy related to these functions. This policy is developed through a unique multistakeholder model which is designed to provide consensus based decision making through a universal, inclusive and transparent system in which no one group can dominate the process.

Although few Internet end users are aware of its existence, ICANN manages the most fundamental building blocks of the Internet and sees to it that the system remains safe, secure and stable.



Topic: Pre-ICANN 65 Marrakesh

Time: May 30, 2019 5 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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