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What: ICANN51 (“Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers”) Meeting
When: October 12-16, 2014
Where: Los Angeles, California or virtual attendance via respective meeting links on website at http://la51.icann.org/en/

If you have any sort of relationship with domain names- whether you’re the owner of a domain name, a registrar, affiliate or seller- then, you’re familiar with ICANN (“The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers”). ICANN is a non-profit organization that oversees many aspects of domain names (which are in reality IP addresses).  For example, ICANN formulates policy regarding the roll out of new top-level domain names (“TLD’s”), proxy WHOIS parameters, and domain name disputes via the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”).

This week, from October 12 to October 16, ICANN organizations and committees will  meet in Los Angeles to discuss almost anything and everything having to do with ICANN, domain names, the transition of U.S. stewardship of the Internet Assigned Names Authority (“IANA”) and more.  IANA is responsible for  the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other Internet protocol resources, for more info about IANA see IANA’s link, here.

The ICANN51 meeting is open to anyone interested in attending, see meeting link here.  If you are not located in the Los Angeles area, good quality remote/virtual meeting room and audio call-in are available  (see call-in links adjacent to each meetings’ respective description on ICANN51’s website).  Many of the meetings will be audio streamed in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Mandarin, as well as in English.

No matter what language you speak, though, you may want to brush up on ICANN acronyms before attending any of the meetings.  ICANN seems to have a language all its own- most of which relies on a mind-numbing overuse of acronyms. An ICANN acronym “cheat-sheet” of sorts can be found here.

No matter, though, ICANN organizations, policy-makers and officials are interested in what you have to say. Whether you represent a registrar, are an affiliate, IT professional, a domain name owner, user or seller, ICANN wants your opinion as to how it can makes things work better and more smoothly. Just brace yourself, though, for an amusing level of bureaucracy (ICANN has a LOT of working parts) and overuse of acronyms…

Do you plan on attending ICANN51? Tell us about your experience attending, whether you attended in-person or remotely.