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What: Open House session hosted by ICANN/GNSO

Where: Likely remote attendance via webinar- see RSVP form

When: 4 June 2015 at 20:00 UTC

ICANN (short of the “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers”) is the

ICANN and the GNSO will hold an Open House for NewComers interested in

ICANN and the GNSO will hold an Open House for NewComers interested in policies governing top level domain names.

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’s ‘Generic Names Supporting Organization (“GNSO” for short) oversees policies governing generic Top-Level Domains (e.g., .com, .org, .biz).

   According to the GNSO, it strives to keep gTLDs operating in a fair, orderly fashion across one global Internet, while promoting innovation and competition. For example, issues that the GNSO addresses might include:

  • When you register a domain name, what services must the registrar provide?
  • If you forget to renew your domain name, and it expires, can you get it back?
  • What happens if someone registers a domain name that is confusingly similar to yours?

    The GNSO Working Group will host a Newcomer Open House Session on 4 June 2015 at 20:00 UTC and invites anyone who is interested to participate (to convert to the time in your location, use time converter here).

     The Open House will be an informal session where participants may ask questions about the GNSO Policy Development Process and the specifics of taking part in a GNSO Working Group. There are many different GNSO Working Groups, such as the “PDP-IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms” working group.  This group studies ‘curative rights protection mechanisms’ like the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Additional working groups include the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy-B Working Group, which works on improving existing Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy. The working group addresses  issues focusing on domain hijacking, inappropriately transferred domain names, and lock status.

If you’d like to attend the Newcomer session, you can fill out the RSVP form at this link.

On the RSVP form, participants will be able to select items of interest chosen from three currently available categories:

  1. Policy Development A-Z
  2. Communication tools (Adobe Connect room, Working Group wiki, mailing list, observer/member status)
  3. Topics of Interest (Specific speakers to be invited for quick briefs).

ICANN/GNSO asks that you RSVP using the form. Remote participation details will be sent the week of 1 June 2015.