So if you trekked near or far to San Fransisco for the ICANN meeting, especially if you haven’t attended one before, you may not know what sessions to attend or what to do.
Although this is only my 3rd meeting and I’m no expert, I have some suggestions of what sessions you may want to attend this week if your here.
If your note in SF for the meeting many of these sessions will have an audio feed and most have a live transcript feed so you can check them out from home.
The full schedule for the meeting is here. (As you click on the individual session you can find out more about audio feeds or live transcriptions)
The “welcoming” or opening ceremony is at 9 am Monday morning.
Highly suggested that you attend, and it is scheduled to run 2 hours and I will be there
Right after at 11am there is a session on the ” Presentation of Inter- Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Proposed Final Report “.
“This policy concerns five issues focusing on issues related to domain hijacking, the urgent return of an inappropriately transferred name and “lock status”.
“the Working Group has now published its proposed Final Report. This session will provide an overview of the proposed recommendations and hopes to encourage discussion and input that can be considered before the IRTP Part B Working Group finalizes its report.”
This should be of real interest to domainers, since this is as you may recall the plan that would allow transfers, including sales to be reversed for up to 6 months after a transfer or sale.
Of course the proposal is meant to be a cure for domain hijacking but many think it might be used to reverse otherwise legitimate sales where one party get cold feet.
So you might want to attend that one, I’m planning on being there
At 2pm there is a 1 hour session on new gTLD program status that you might want to attend, which is followed a 2 1/2 hour session on issues and discussions concerning the GAC and the new gTLD’s.
The meetings between the ICANN board the Government Advisory Counsel (GAC) are always interesting.
Usually this session only lasts 2-3 hours and the room is always packed up with plenty of people winding up standing to watch the proceedings so if your planning on attending get there early or you will be standing at least at the beginning of the sessions
This year there are two eight hour sessions:
- Tuesday, 15 March: 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Thursday, 17 March: 8:00am – 4:00pm
My understanding is that in the Thursday morning session, the GAC report on .XXX will be delivered.
The rest of the time on the two days will be largely dedicated to the new gTLD’s and trademark issues. I would urge everyone to spend at least a couple of hours listening to at least one of these sessions its a real eye opener.
While you can watch, you cannot participate in these sessions so no comments generally from the peanut gallery.
I will be at both of these sessions for a while but don’t plan to make a day of it.
Also starting at 8am there is a meeting of registrars which runs all day. Some of the discussion can be interesting but most of the time you are going to be bored.
At 2pm on Tuesday there is the meeting of the IP constituency which again are trademark holders issues with ICANN, new gTLD’s the URS and like issues should be discussed.
On Tuesday night ICANN holds an event called “Music Night”.
Especially for my younger domainer friends you will probably find this even quite boring, and even I could only sit through 10 minutes of it in Colombia before I bailed out.
On Wednesday at 9 there is another session on the new gTLD program and the discussions and issues raised by the GAC, so its more of a summary of the previous days 8 hour GAC session and where things currently stand.
At 6pm former President Bill Clinton will be giving an speech in the Grand Ballroom.
At 8pm the Gala will be held in Union Square across the street from the Westin.
I urge all to attend.
With the Former President in attendance expect security in outside the hotel to be tight.
ON Thursday once again there is second day of the GAC meeting with the ICANN board starting at 8am (see above)
Ok rally and porn stars.
I will be there reporting just for you!!!
At 4pm thee ICANN open forum is being held.
This is your chance to make a statement on any relevant issue you would like pretty much concerning the new gTLD’s or .XXX.
The comments are usually pretty interesting, moving or amusing and a good gauge of what people outside of the ICANN board are thinking.
Once again the FSC is calling for all people inside the adult industry to come out and voice their opposition to .XXX, including the aforementioned pornstars, so the session should be anything but dull.
Phil Corwin will be making a statement on behalf of the ICA and all domainers.
Comments are usually limited to 2-3 minutes so if your planning on speaking have your thoughts together before getting up there.
I urge everyone to attend the 2 hour session
Thursday is St. Patty’s day, not sure yet where the hot spot is in SF is, but I expect to be wearing the Green and consuming mass quantities of Harp with some domainer friends and hopefully find out the answer to the age old question of “what do you do with a drunken sailor”
On Friday morning at 10:30 the ICANN board will meet and make whatever decision they are going to make out of this meeting.
Already said they won’t be voting on the new gTLD program the big issue for vote once again is .XXX.
We will see if the Board finally makes a call on this after having punted in Colombia 3 months ago.
Once again I urge all to attend this session which is scheduled for 2 hours.
Hope you enjoy the meeting.