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ISOC At ICANN52, Monday: A Great Amount Of IANA Transition Discussion With A Bit of Cybersecurity and DNSSEC, Too

Greetings from Singapore! As the 52nd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gets formally underway this morning on Monday, February 9, 2015, we thought we’d give you an idea of what we’ll be focusing on today from an Internet Society point of view as well as provide links so that you can join in and follow along remotely.

To understand our public policy interests here at ICANN 52, you need to read what Konstantinos Komaitis wrote in a post last week. As he noted, a great amount of discussion here will be focused on the twin inter-related issues of the IANA transition and ICANN accountability. Already over the weekend these topics have received significant focus at lengthy meetings of the IANA Coordination Group (ICG), the Government Advisory Council (GAC) and the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).

Today those two topics will continue to receive much discussion. While there are a great number of meetings today on the full ICANN 52 schedule, here are the ones that we’ll be focused on from a public policy perspective. If you follow each of these links you can find out how to listen in remotely to audio streams or to join the live stream of the “Virtual Meeting Room”:

All times are Singapore Time which is UTC+8. The meetings will all be recorded for later viewing if you are unable to watch them live.

On the technology side, last week I wrote about the many DNSSEC-related activities happening here and two of those events will take place today: the DNSSEC for Everybody tutorial workshop and the DNSSEC Implementers Gathering. There will also be a number of DNSSEC and security-related topics in the Tech Day (see agenda). The Public Safety Workshop will also bring together law enforcement attendees and others to discuss issues related to cybersecurity and the overall security and stability of the DNS.

You can follow along with the technology sessions at these links:

UPDATE: The Public Safety Workshop was changed to start at 1530.

These events will also be recorded for later viewing. As I noted in my earlier post, the DNSSEC Implementers Gathering is an informal meeting at a local restaurant to which there is no remote participation.

With that the first formal day of ICANN 52 will draw to a close. If you are interested in meeting with any Internet Society staff, you will be able to find us in these sessions above. You are also welcome to contact ISOC staff by email or send me an email at and I can connect you to the right person.

Photo: The Government Advisory Council (GAC) meeting on Sunday, February 8, 2015.