This week Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be holding its 3rd Annual General Meeting ICANN’57 in Hyderabad. It is only the second time in the history of ICANN that one of its three annual meetings is being held in India. ICANN’ 31 was organised in 2008 in New Delhi. The week long meeting is scheduled from 3-9 November, 2016 (Thursday-Wednesday).
Following the recently adopted New ICANN Meeting Strategy, there will be two Public Forums during ICANN’ 57. Public Forum 1 is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2016, and will provide an opportunity for each SO/AC to update the community on their efforts, followed by time for the community to share their topics of interest. Public Forum 2 will focus on solely community comment and Board response, and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, following the Annual General ICANN Board of Directors Meeting.
ICANN’ 57 will see registrars, registries, Supporting Organization (SO) and Advisory Committee (AC), governmental representatives, civil society and academia come together Regular updates from these sessions will be posted on the IITCOE blog. The complete schedule of the meeting is available here
Below we have highlighted the meetings that we will be following closely including agenda and links to relevant documents. Jyoti Panday and Amod Prakash Singh will at these sessions. If you are attending ICANN’ 57 and want to find out more about the work we do here at IITCOE please drop us a line at email@example.com
Day 0: Wednesday, 2nd November 2016
08:30 - 18:00 (Hall 4)
CCWG Accountability Work Stream 2 Face to Face Meeting
Updates on the ongoing Accountability workstream
Key issues of discussion will include WHOIS, contractual compliance, jurisdiction
Session 1• 9:00 - Introduction and General Administration (10’)
PCST report – 5’
CCWG-Acct. reporting Dashboard – finalization for publication (15’)
ATRT2 update presentation (10’)
ATRT3 discussion following Board response to our request (15’)
Ombudsman – CCWG discussion on going forward strategy considering the confirmation of funding for the evaluation (20’)
Session 2• 10:30 - Exchange with ICANN CEO re: new complaints office and interaction with WS2, especially staff acct and Ombudsman – 60’
Session 4• 16:00 - Update on the progress of the Jurisdiction subgroup – 30’
Requests for external support / advice : Ombudsman (External review), Human right, Legal Committee (45’)
Conclusion and key messages for co-chairs’ publication (30’)
End of meeting
Day 1: Thursday, 3rd November 2016
07:30 (South Foyer)
08:30 - 9:30 (Hall 4)
GAC Working Group on Protection of Geographic Names in Future Expansion of gTLDs
The protection of geographic names should be object of special concern within the new gTLD program. ICANN as an institution is committed to acting on public interest, and therefore new gTLDs that are related with words, strings and expressions that refer to different names of geographic references like regions of countries, regions of continents, subregions of countries, rivers, mountains, among others, should be protected in the name of public interest, due to their geographic, cultural and national relevance.
A contentious issue is whether governments should keep the right to oppose the delegation of a top level domain (even if it is not included on that list) on the basis of its sensitivity to national interests. Furthermore, should this right be enhanced for future rounds. There are fears that flexibility and openness of criteria that applicants should have in relation with geographic names, especially in contacting previously to the application the relevant communities, will undermine the multistakeholder structure and processes of ICANN and will not erode the confidence of global businesses.
For further information on the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team, please see https://www.icann.org/resources/reviews/aoc/cct[icann.org]and the CCT-RT wiki: http://cct.wiki[cct.wiki]
11:30 - 12:30 (Hall 4 GAC)
GAC Human Rights and International Law Working Group Meeting
The GAC Human Rights WG will meet to discuss the WG's work plan
Main focus points of discussions up to now have been the definition and understanding of 'applicable law' as well as the definition and understanding of the concept of 'respecting human rights'.
12:15 - 13:45 (Hall 2)
GNSO - Cross-Constituency meeting between the IPC Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG)
GNSO - Cross-Constituency meeting between the IPC Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) Discussion on abuse reporting practices.
The Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) is one of several stakeholder groups within the ICANN community and is the representative body of domain name registrars.
Registrars field a lot of abuse complaints and a lot of those complaints, have deficiencies and there are concerns about, what’s required and what’s not.
In Dublin there was discussion around abuse reporting practices with Registrars, and out of Dublin came an action item about potentially developing best practices or guidelines about abuse reporting or suggestions about abuse reporting.
GNSO - New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group Face-to-Face Meeting
This is a face-to-face meeting of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group. This PDP was initiated by the GNSO Council on 17 December 2015, following the Council's review of the Final Issue Report on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures. On 21 January 2016, the GNSO Council adopted the charter for this PDP WG.
The New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group is tasked with calling upon the community’s collective experiences from the 2012 New gTLD Program round to determine what, if any changes may need to be made to the existing introduction of New gTLD policy recommendations from 8 August 2007.
Day 2: Friday, 4th November 2016
09:00 - 09:30 (Hall 4 GAC)
GAC Opening Plenary
09:30 - 10:00 (Hall 4 GAC)
GAC update on IANA Transition
10:00 - 10:30 (Hall 4 GAC)
GAC Accountability Workstream 2
09:00 - 10:30 (Hall 5 ccNSO)
How it Works: DNS 101
11:00 - 12:00 (Hall 4 GAC)
ICANN Bylaws changes and role of the GAC
11:00 - 12:15 (Hall 4 GAC)
Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Implementation Review Team: Project Overview
12:00 - 12:30 (Hall 4 GAC)
GAC discussion on IGO Protections and RC/RC
13:30 - 14:30 (Hall 4 GAC)
RDS/WHOIS and Domain Abuse (via PSWG)
13:45 - 18:00 (Novotel Ballroom)
Outreach for Local Academia
14:30 - 16:00 (Hall 4 GAC)
GAC meeting with the GNSO
16:00 - 16:45 (Hall 4 GAC)
ICANN Bylaws changes and role of the GAC (session 2)
17:00 - 18:30 (Hall 4 GAC)
ICANN Bylaws changes and role of the GAC (session 2)
Day 3: Saturday, 5th November 2016
09:00 - 10:30 Hall 3 (Main)
ICANN’ 57 Opening Ceremony
11:00 - 12:45 MR 1.02
CCT Wrap-up and Debriefing Session
This is the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT)’s debrief and wrap up session, during which the Review Team will discuss the input gathered throughout the meetings and plan ahead.
12:15 - 13:45 Granite I (Novotel)
GNSO Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency
13:45 - 14:45 (Hall 1 ALAC)
Introduction to PTI (Public Technical Identifiers): Organization, Reporting Relationships, Deliverables
Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) is the “Post-Transition IANA” non profit organization formed to perform the naming-related IANA functions under contract with ICANN.
During this session, the PTI leadership will introduce the organization, its responsibilities, oversight relationships and board membership.
The team will also provide a report on its first two months of operation and answer questions.
13:45 - 15:00 Hall 3 (Main)
High Interest Topics session: Mitigation of Abuse in gTLDs
15:15 - 16:45 G.01/02
ccNSO-GNSO CCWG Use of Country and Territory Names as TLDs
17:00 - 18:30 Hall 3 (Main)
Public Forum 1
18:30 -20:00 MR 1.04
Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance - F2F meeting
Joint Meeting-ICANN Board & Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group
11:00 - 15:00 G.03/04
Noncommercial Users Constituency NCUC
The Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is the home for civil society organizations and individuals in ICANN's GNSO. NCUC currently comprises 462 members from 107 countries, including 111 noncommercial organizations and 351 individuals.
NCUC advocates positions on domain name-related policies that protect and support noncommercial communication and activity on the Internet. Among its key areas of interest are human rights, freedom of expression, privacy, access to knowledge, diversity and consumer choice, development, and global internet governance.
13:30 - 14:00 Hall 4 (GAC)
GAC Meeting with the CCT Review Team
15:15 - 16:45 Hall 3 (Main)
Exploring the Public Interest Within ICANN's Remit
A panel comprised of members of the ICANN community will lead and moderate the discussion in order to reach a shared understanding of what the concept of public interest means in the context of ICANN, explore how public interest could be operationalized as the basis for decision-making at ICANN, and determine next steps.
17:00 - 18:30 Hall 3 (Main)
DNS and Content Regulation NCUC Group
Background/ Importance: ICANN and its domain name registries and registrars are steadily increasing pressure to assume responsibility for enforcement of rules about content on the Internet.
We see this in calls for the cancellation or suspension of domain names associated with allegedly illegal or objectionable content hosted on a website to which the name resolves. This includes content that is alleged to be in breach of intellectual property rights, or that might contravenes national licensing or regulatory requirements, or might be in breach of some other law or social standard.
The attraction of enforcing content rules through ICANN and its contracted parties is that they are a convenient gateway for access to most content that is hosted online, and if they can be induced to act, the complainant will be able to save much time and money in comparison to pursuing legal avenues.
This applies especially to cases of cross-border disputes, where one or more of the the locations of the complainant, the website host, the website owner, the registry, and the registrar, may be different.
But the negative side of this method of enforcement is that it tends to lack the due process and accountability of domestic legal processes. If private parties are held responsible for enforcing content rules, they are likely to enforce them in the way that poses the least cost and risk to themselves, rather than in a way that upholds users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy.
This is especially so if ICANN or its contracted parties are held legally responsible for the registrants’ content in case of their failure to act.
Session Goals/Expected Outcomes: The issues surrounding this debate are highly pertinent to ongoing debates within the ICANN community including: Enforcement of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement Application of intermediary liability rules and safe harbours to contracted parties Self-regulatory measures such as the Domain Name Association Healthy Domains Initiative
The session will bring together all relevant stakeholders and constituencies including GAC and law enforcement representatives, the Intellectual Property Constituency, the Non-Commercial Users Constituency, and the registrars and registries, to discuss and debate the appropriate role of ICANN and its contracted parties in relation to Internet content hosted at a domain.
Although it is not expected that a full consensus will be achieved, the outcomes of the session will be a greater awareness amongst all stakeholders of the complex issues surrounding Internet content regulation through participants in the domain name system, which will feed into ongoing policy discussions throughout the ICANN community and enable more inclusive and informed outcomes to be reached.
Relevant Documentation: • Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability https://www.manilaprinciples.org • Healthy Domains Initiative http://www.thedna.org/the-dna-launches-hdi-press-release-2-16-2016/ • MPAA Trusted Notifier program (Radix http://www.mpaa.org/new-mpaaradix-partnership-highlights-the-continuing-... and Donuts http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-and-the-mpaa-striking...) • EDRi on self-regulation https://edri.org/theme/self-regulation-2/ • ICANN is Not the Internet Content Police https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-is-not-the-internet-content-police
18:30 - 20:00 Hall 4 (GAC)
GAC Asia Pacific capacity building meeting
The GAC Under-Served Regions Working Group scheduled a capacity building session for the AP region. The session will start with an introduction on ICANN, the GAC, and the IANA transition and the impact on the AP region; followed by discussions on Policy matters in the GAC and the potential barriers to participation in ICANN.
Day 5: Monday, 7th November 2016
09:00 - 09:30 Hall 4 (GAC)
GAC meeting on Country Names and Country Codes
The GAC will be discussing on processes for handling requests for use of 2-letter codes and country names as Second Level Domain names in new gTLDs. Also discussion about conditions regarding use of country names as Top Level Domain names in future new gTLD rounds.
09:00 - 12:15 MR 1.02
Proliferation of Indic Computing: Need, Challenges and Solutions
09:00 - 14:00 Novotel Ballroom
ISPs and Telcos: Connect with What's Next - Companies, Clients and Connectivity
09:30 - 10:30 Hall 4 (GAC)
ICANN Bylaws changes and role of the GAC
15:15 - 16:45 Hall 3 (Main)
Q&A with ICANN General Counsel on the legal advice that ICANN receives and how that supports the ICANN mission
Background/ Importance: The bottom-up process and contributions via the multistakeholder model are the core of ICANN but claims have regularly been made that the legal advice provided to ICANN does not support that. This session seeks to explore the reasons these claims surface by examining both the nature of the questions asked, the laws/guidelines that are consulted, the processes by which this advice is produced, how this differs for internal and external counsel and how it is then shared with the community.
Session Goals/Expected Outcomes: A major step forward in transparency around the production of legal advice, a better understand of the operating practices the legal teamwork within and ideas for how to continue this process to increase community scrutiny of legal advice received by ICANN.
18:30 - 20:00 Hall 3 (Main)
Internet Governance Public Session
For the last few years, we have regularly held a public session on Internet Governance. It allows the Community to discuss and opine on important IG issues that will effect ICANN. The Session informs staff on the views of the Community as well as allowing us an opportunity of providing relevant and pertinent information.
In addition to facilitating an information exchange and a dialogue on important IG issues (such as the IGF) the session at ICANN 57 will, we believe, develop further thinking on Internet Fragmentation.