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Internet Society's Rough Guide to ICANN 46's Hot Topics


ICANN 46 in Beijing is rapidly approaching (6-11 April 2013). Newcomers' sessions take place on Sunday (7 April), with the Welcoming Ceremony and the Public Forum happening during the week.
The Internet Society is pleased to bring you a Rough Guide to the ICANN 46 sessions most relevant to our current work. 
At this ICANN 46 meeting, we are focusing our attention on the following broad categories:
  • Internet Governance
  • DNS Security
  • IPv6
(Note: All times are local, UTC +8 hours)
In advance of the official opening on 8 April, sessions at the ICANN meeting begin on 4 April with several closed plenary sessions of the GAC  and continue on 5-7 April 2013) with sessions of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), which are open to the public, as well as several other sessions. 
An all-day organized series of sessions on 7 April meant for those new to the ICANN community, new to the ICANN meeting week or anyone who would like more information about the ICANN Multi-Stakeholder Model at work, click here.
After the Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session on 8 April, the ICANN programme continues with a mix of public workshops, GNSO meetings and meetings of the GAC. 

List of GAC, GNSO and ccNSO meetings

Governmental Advisory Committee Plenary (GAC) 
The in-person GAC meetings held in conjunction with the ICANN meetings provide an opportunity for the governments to interact with the ICANN Board and staff and discuss the various policy considerations relating to the stability and operation of the Domain Name System (DNS). 
When: Sunday, 7 April 2013: 11am-12:30pm
Where: Grand Hall B
What: Meeting of the Board/GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group
When: Tuesday, 9 April, 2013: 4:45pm-6pm
Where: Grand Hall B
What: Joint GAC-ICANN Board Meeting
(A complete listing of all sessions is available on the ICANN website
Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Working Sessions
The in-person GNSO meetings held in conjunction with the ICANN meetings provide an opportunity for productive and constructive discussions on issues that involve ICANN consensus policies that relate to interoperability, technical reliability and/or stable operation of the Internet or domain name system.
When: Saturday, 6 April 2013: 9am-5pm
Where: Function 8AB
When: Sunday, 7 April 2013: 9am-5pm
Where: Function 8AB
When: Wednesday, 10 April 2013: 3:15pm-6:30pm
Where: Grand Hall A
When: Thursday, 11 April 2013: 10:30am-12pm
When: Function 8AB
Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Working Sessions
The in-person ccNSO meetings held in conjunction with the ICANN meetings provide an opportunity for productive and constructive discussions on issues that involve policy considerations in relation to the operation of country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) and the overall stability of the Domain Name System (DNS)
When: Monday, 8 April 2013, 12:30pm-2pm
Where: Function 8AB
What: Joint ccNSO/GNSO Council Meting
When: Monday, 8 April 2013, 4pm-5:45pm
Where: Function 8AB
What: Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN working group
When: Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 9am-6pm
Where: Function 2AB
What: ccNSO Members Meeting (day 1)
When: Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Where: Function 2AB & Function 5BC
What: ccNSO Members Meeting (day 2) 
When: Tuesday, 9 April 2013: 10am-10:45am
Where: Grand Hall A
What: ICANN Board with ccNSO
When: Wednesday, 10 April 2013: 4pm-5pm
Where: Function 2A
What: ccNSO Council Meeting
When: Thursday, 11 April 2013: 9am-12pm
Where: Function 11
What: ccNSO Framework of Interpretation Working Group

ICANN 46 Sessions

(Monday, 8 April 2013 * 5pm-6:30pm, Auditorium)
This very basic introductory session is aimed to help attendees understand more about how DNSSEC can secure the Domain Name System and make the Internet more secure.  As DNSSEC gets more widely deployed it is critical to understand how DNSSEC works. This session provides an interactive and fun way to learn how DNSSEC works, what tools are available to help and what best practices are currently being used.
DNSSEC Implementers Gathering
(8 April 2013 - 19:00- Location still being determined)
Following the DNSSEC beginners workshop, there is an informal gathering of people involved with implementing DNSSEC to discuss and exchange information on their DNSSEC implementation experiences.  
(Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 8:30am-2:45pm, Rainbow)
This all-day workshop brings together industry leaders on DNSSEC for a series of panel discussions about the state of the art in implementing DNSSEC, current best practices, government regulations and operational practices. Sessions also include talks about the latest and innovative uses of DNSSEC.  Panels at ICANN 46 include:
  • Introduction and DNSSEC Deployment Around The World
  • DNSSEC: Regulative, Legislative and Persuasive Approaches to Encouraging Deployment
  • DNSSEC Deployment in Asia Pacific
  • Use of DNSSEC in the Reverse Name Space
  • The Operational Realities of DNSSEC
  • DNSSEC Innovation: DANE and Other DNSSEC Applications
  • Root Key Rollover
The sessions will include case studies of DNSSEC implementations and information about some of the latest tools.  Participation is highly recommended if you are involved with DNSSEC implementation or are considering how to implement DNSSEC.
The Internet Society's Dan York will be participating in the workshop, providing a tutorial on the DANE protocol and moderating the panel on DNSSEC Innovation.
(Monday, 8 April 2013 - 11am-5pm, Function 2A)
Technical Workshop, with presentations, discussions and hands-on demonstrations in an interactive format.
(Monday, 8 April 2013, 3pm-4:30pm, Grand Hall A)
A status update on how the Internet community is resolving security issues that have been identified as part of the SSR Program. The session will include presentation and discussion of the general DNS and TLD threat landscape. The session will include a presentation of SSR next steps and what role the ICANN community has in managing risk as new TLDs are delegated into the root.
(Monday, 8 April 2013, 5pm-7pm, Grand Hall A) 
The Internet Governance session will look at current and upcoming events, debates and discussions that may impact the current model of Internet Governance.
Agenda Details:
The 2 hour session will be divided between two separate panels made up of the ICANN community. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion after each panel. The panels will be divided up as follows:
Panel 1 WSIS Review Process through 2015*On-going review of the World Summit on the Information Society- WSIS+10 (Update from the Paris meeting; CSTD WG on enhanced cooperation, IGF 2013 in Bali and the lead up to the final deliberations in the UN General Assembly 2015
Panel 2 ITU discussion; implications and lessons learned from WCIT; forth coming WTPF in May (focused on Internet governance) WTDC in April 2014 leading up to the discussions at the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary in November in Korea. 
(Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 2:45pm-4:15pm, Auditorium)
As various statistics indicated that IPv6 deployment has gained its momentum especially in the last 18 months. Although the absolute values of those statistics indicate continuous necessity of orchestrated efforts to increase IPv6 adoption, growth rates of those values is very encouraging. E.g., IPv4 vs IPv6 ASN count ratio increased 20% year on year during 2012.
IPv6 needs to be ready in every segments of the Internet eco-system and particularly IPv6 accessibility in last miles to end uers is critical. In this session, we will learn most up to date network operators' efforts and exerience in enabling IPv6 accessibility to their both fixed network and mobile network customers. We will also learn efforts provided by Internet number registries in supporting the industry's transition to IPv6.
This session is coordinated by APNIC and ICANN in order to reach out all sections of the multi-stakeholder Internet community with timely information and recent experience.
Agenda Details:
  • IPv6 on LTE (China Mobile)
  • Enabling IPv6 in last miles (TBC)
  • IPv6 in China (CNNIC)
  • Monitoring IPv6 deployment (APNIC)
(Monday, 8 April 2013, 12pm-1pm, Function 6)
This is a meeting of the At-Large Capacity Building Working Group to discuss the next steps in capacity building activities. The aim is to hear updates on ICANN capacity plans and the activities of the At-Large Capacity Building WG. Next Steps will also be discussed. The agenda of the meeting is available here:
(Thursday, 11 April 2013, 9am-10:30am, Grand Hall A) 
The session will provide a presentation and status update on each of the projects under the IDN Variant TLDs Program.
Agenda Details:
  • Presentation of the root LGR Procedure
  • Presentation of the User Experience study recommendations
  • Presentation of next steps
  • Discussion and Q&A




(Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 8:00 - 09:00an, Auditorium)
We will part from describing what we do and answer any questions also go through our two latest reports:
The SSAC has identified a Certificate Authority (CA) practice that, if widely exploited, could pose a significant risk to the privacy and integrity of secure Internet communications. This CA practice could impact the new gTLD program. The SSAC thus advises ICANN take immediate steps to mitigate the risks.
Various studies that assessed the quality of domain name registration data have collectively shown that the accuracy of the data needs to be improved. In this report, the SSAC examines the feasibility and suitability of improving registration data accuracy through validation.


Internet Society @ ICANN 46 Events

(Sunday, April 7th, 7pm-9pm)
ISOC Chapter and Member Meeting 
(Tuesday, April 9th, 7pm-9pm)
ISOC Advisory Council Meeting 
(Friday, 12 April, 11a-1pm)

ICANN and Stakeholder Events

  • Welcome Ceremony: Monday, 8 April 2013
  • Constituency/Stakeholder Day: Tuesday, 9 April 2013
  • Public Forum: Thursday, 11 April 2013

Social Events

  • Music Night Event: Tuesday, 9 April 2013
  • Gala Event: Wednesday, 10 April 2013
  • Wrap Up Cocktail: Thursday, 11 April 2013
(Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 1pm-3pm, Function 8AB) 
The Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is bringing together top Western and Chinese experts to hold a policy workshop, One World, One Internet? New gTLDs & Competition in a Global Environment.  Everyone with an an interest in new gTLD policies should attend. Markus Kummer, ISOC VP of Public Policy is participating.

Annex: List of Abbreviations

In addition to the reference below, ICANN's Glossary is available at on the ICANN website.
ALAC       At-Large Advisory Committee
APRAL    Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization
ATRT       Accountability and Transparency Team
CBUC     Commercial and Business Users Constituency 
ccNS       Country Code Names Supporting Organization
ccTLD     Country Code Top Level Domain
DNS        Domain Name System
GAC        Governmental Advisory Committee 
GNS       Generic Names Supporting Organization 
gTLD      Generic Top Level Domains
ICANN    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
IDN         Internationalized Domain Name
IG            International Governmental Organization
ING         International Non-Governmental Organization
IPC         Intellectual Property Constituency
LGR        Label Generation Rule
NCUC    Non-Commercial Users Constituency
NCSG    Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group
PDP       Policy Development Process
RAA       Registrar Accreditation Agreement
SOPWG Strategic and Operational Working Group
UDRP     Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
URS         Uniform Rapid Suspension System