ICANN 50 In London Set For Record Numbers Next Week

With over 2,200 people already registered, next week’s ICANN meeting in London is set to be one of the biggest ever. If not the biggest. And ICANN is organising overflow viewing rooms for some sessions.

The meeting, ICANN’s 50th public meeting, is to be held from 22 to 26 June at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.

The historic meeting will bring together international stakeholders from government, business, civil society, technical organisations and research institutions to discuss a wide variety of issues, including:

  • the transition of the stewardship of some of the internet’s key technical functions from the role currently delegated by the US government to IANA, to a global multi-stakeholder body

  • ICANN's accountability and globalisation strategies

  • the role of ICANN in the global internet ecosystem

  • discussions of the new generic Top Level Domain programme.

The role currently undertaken by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), under a contract ICANN has with the US Department of Commerce, will be one of the most closely followed topics, and ICANN has already allocated a "Participant Overflow Viewing Room" for a session on the Monday morning following the welcome session.

Earlier, the At-large Summit II Working Group (ATLAS II) will begin meeting on Saturday 21 June, exploring the future of multistakeholderism and the globalisation of ICANN. The At-Large groups are made up of a wide range of representatives from around the world, and primarily is the voice of the end-use around the world into the policies that govern the Domain Name System.

The meeting will also include sessions on What's New with the Global Domains Division; Name Collision; Universal Acceptance; the IDN Variant TLD Programme among many others. More information can be found on the ICANN website where the schedule has been published at london50.icann.org/en/schedule while an overview of some of the main topics is available here.

To officially kick-off ICANN 50, Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker and President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will address attendees during a welcome session on Monday, 23 June at 08:30 BST.