BRG @ ICANN68 Virtual Policy Forum

What happened at ICANN68?

 

ICANN68 was the second remote ICANN meeting and the first Virtual Policy Forum – the shortest meeting of the year – focused on progressing ICANN’s policy work.

With uncertainty caused by the pandemic, restrictions on travel and border crossings, it is unclear when ICANN will be able to responsibly hold a face to face meeting in the future but it will not happen until March 2021 at the earliest.  This is in line with the Board’s recent decision to switch the last meeting of the year, ICANN69, to a virtual meeting. 

Focusing on policy development, the primary focus for this meeting, it was noticeable that the different policy groups have managed to continued their work effectively during the pandemic, maintaining participation levels and aggressive schedules.

Highlights of ICANN68

  • Subsequent Procedures edging closer to delivering Draft Final Report.
  • Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms – reviewing Phase 1 Initial Report public comments.
  • EPDP – short extension to deadline approved by GNSO to end of July for Phase 2.
  • Multiple DNS Abuse sessions raise greater awareness of contracted parties capabilities and response to abuse.
  • Olivier Crépin-Leblond is recipient of the Community Excellence Award.

For more details members can refer to their BRG@ICANN68 Members’ Summary.