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ICANN 31st Meeting now underway in New Delhi, India
See http://delhi.icann.org/node/99 for schedule and agenda covered in the meeting.
Today is "Constituency day" where the different elements of ICANN's supporting orgs hold their own meetings to discuss the latest developments and their positions on matters likely to be raised later in the week. Most are open to observers and will streamed live (audio/webcast/transcript) and I invite those interested to participate remotely and send comments via chat.
Yesterday's highlights: Opening ------- We heard from the Secretary of the Department of Information Technology for the Indian Government who spoke of the enormous growth of the Internet in India. Access remained the single most important issue. The two issues foremost for India are IDNs and DNS security.
Presidents report ----------------- Paul Twomey the President of ICANN said that the main topics of this meeting will be Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), the ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and the Joint Project Agreement (JPA)
JPA with the US Govt. --------------------- Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush gave a presentation on ICANNs submission to the USG over the JPA midterm review. ICANNs view is that the JPA should be concluded. A Q&A session produced broad agreement that a debate on final transition needs to take place over the remaining 18 months of the JPA.
GNSO/ccNSO meeting on IDNs -------------------------- An open session discussed the fasttrack approach to introduce a limited number of IDN ccTLDs. Both the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) and the country code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) presented their views on the current status and issues. The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) also introduced their perspective - that governments would be very protective of their country names but were relaxed about other TLDs.
APRALO session -------------- The first of two sessions for the Asia Pacific Regional At Large Organisation, the meeting chose its chair and started work on position papers for various issues.
Pacific Islanders at this event ------------------------------- Happy to report an increasing number of folks traveling from the Pacific Islands to an ICANN meeting. There are representatives from .PG, .FJ and .SB Their participation has been assisted through the ICANN fellowship program. and ALAC. Other ccTLDs represented here from the region are .AS,.AU,.NU and .NZ
-- Save Vocea Global Partnerships Manager, Regional Relations - Australasia/Pacific