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Domain Name System (DNS) 16 October 2015

ICANN 54 in Dublin: IANA, Women In Technology, DNS Security and more…

Dan York
By Dan YorkDirector, Online Content

Over the next seven days we’ll have an Internet Society team on the ground in Dublin, Ireland, at the 54th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In fact, some of our team members are already in Dublin engaged in the IANA stewardship transition meetings that will occur for much of this weekend.  As was the case with ICANN 53 in June in Buenos Aires, we expect the IANA transition to dominate much of the policy discussions all week.  Please visit our IANA stewardship transition page for more information about our views.

Beyond IANA, we expect some policy discussions about the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in November and the 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). There will be a public session on “Internet Governance” on Thursday, 22 October, from 9:30 – 11:00 Irish Standard Time (IST) that will be available for remote participation at:


We expect that Konstantinos Komaitis will participate in that session on our behalf.

Outside of the policy space, our President and CEO, Kathy Brown, will participate in a session on Monday, 19 October, from 15:15 – 16:45 IST on “Women in ICANN, Internet and ICTs: Opportunities and Challenges“. Remote participation is available at:


This builds on Kathy’s activities in Deauville, France, this past week where she spoke on a high-level panel at the Women’s Global Forum about how digital technologies are driving poverty reduction.

As per usual at ICANN meetings, I will be very active with DNS security (DNSSEC) sessions, including an introductory session on Monday and the 6+ hour DNSSEC Workshop most of the day on Wednesday. I wrote about this in more detail over on the Deploy360 blog.   I will also be participating in the Technology Experts Group meeting on Wednesday. (UPDATE, 16 Oct: ICANN CTO David Conrad just canceled the TEG meeting due to scheduling conflicts.)

On Tuesday evening we’ll hold our regular “ISOC@ICANN” meeting for Internet Society members, but we’re changing the format a good bit and trying out some new ideas. We’ll also be holding the event in an actual castle!  You can find out more information in Connect and register if you are an ISOC member who will be attending ICANN54.

Beyond all of that, you can expect us to be visible in many of the sessions throughout the ICANN 54 week, engaging in the discussions and continuing our work to ensure the Internet remains open, trusted and available to all.  Please do find us and say hello!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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