CENTR Report On Everything You Want To Know About What Happened At ICANN58

Did you want to know what happened at the recent ICANN meeting in Copenhagen? Or did you go and spend the week networking and socialising, and miss what happened in the meeting rooms? CENTR have produced a comprehensive report with 13 pages of meeting reports to get you through.

The highlights, or the issues highlighted in the executive summary, were the ccNSO Council giving the green light to start the work on the Policy Development Process on the review mechanisms for the delegation, revocation and retirement of ccTLDs and to combine this with a PDP for the retirement of ccTLDs while the GAC expressed its strong dissatisfaction with the ICANN Board’s resolution on 2-letter country codes at the second level for new gTLDs. The CENTR report notes it was pointed out that previous GAC advice was simply ignored, the notification and comments period were scrapped and that the process lacked transparency. And then a surprisingly big chunk of time of a global conference was dedicated to a “rather European problem”, i.e. the potential clash of ICANN WHOIS requirements with the upcoming EU data protection regulation (GDPR).

The CENTR report goes into more detail on a number of issues including:

  • Working group updates on New gTLD Auction Proceeds, Guidelines Review Committee, CCWG on Use of Country/Territory Names as TLDs, ccNSO Strategic and Operational Planning WG, TLD-OPS Standing Committee
  • Accountability issues
  • Towards a data-driven ICANN
  • Updates on the Governmental Advisory Committee

There were also reports on geographic names with a focus on 2-letters at the second level and data protection, among several other sessions.

To check out and download the CENTR report on ICANN58 in Copenhagen last week, go to: