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What: ICANN Webinar to discuss upcoming  changes to the public comment period.

when: January 22, 2015 at 10:00 UTC and again at 19:00 UTC.

Where: Via Webinar from link on ICANN website (you will need to set up a log-in to access the webinar).

ICANN (short of the “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers”) is the multi-national organization that oversees many aspects of the Internet, including registration of domain names and the rollout of new generic top level domains (or “gTLD’s” for short). ICANN does do a lot of good and necessary work. So, we’ll cut ICANN a bit of slack since it has a big job in overseeing and coordinating a lot of moving parts. But ICANN is often amusingly over-wordy and hyper-bureaucratic.

"Say whaaat????" ICANN can be verbose, circumlocutory, pleonastic, prolix and tautological, but is loved by many.

“Say whaaat????” ICANN can be verbose, circumlocutory, pleonastic, prolix and tautological, but is loved by many.

So, it took us a bit to decipher the wordy January 16 Alert about changes to ICANN’s public comment process. But we finally got through it, and here’s the important points from the January 16 Alert:

  • A new committee at ICANN studied the existing public comment process and decided that some changes should be made. Those changes will go into effect on January 26, 2015.
  • Two major changes to ICANN’s public comment process are: 1) the public comment reply cycle will be suspended; and 2) ICANN will launch a comment feature that permits the community to offer feedback on staff summary reports.
  • Other changes include extending the standard comment period to at least forty days and a push to complete staff summary reports within two weeks of the comment period end date.

To explain the changes in more detail, ICANN will hold two webinars on January 22, 2015 (they are duplicates offered at different times to accommodate different time zones).  The webinar will be held at 10:00 UTC on January 22, 2015, and again at 19:00 UTC. To convert the UTC time to your own time zone, you can go here and choose your county/region from the pull-down menu.

The webinar will run about sixty minutes and you can submit questions and comments using the chat feature in Adobe Connect. If you can’t make the Webinar, slides from the presentation and a recording/transcript will be available at ICANN’s “Public Enhancements Webinar Reference Materials Page” on ICANN’s website. You may need to set up a log-in with ICANN to access the ‘Reference Materials’ link and the materials, but you can do so very easily (and with no cost) on ICANN’s website.