Toronto Presentations Published
On 20-21 August 2009, ICANN
hosted its North American Registry/Registrar Regional Event in Toronto,
Ontario. Remote participation for the event was made available via Adobe Connect
and an audio conference bridge.
The regional event model was
introduced in 2006 as a means to inform and educate gTLD registries and
ICANN-accredited registrars about ICANN activities and processes that may
impact their operations. These events also broaden participation in the ICANN
multi-stakeholder governance model for registry and registrar staff members who
do not generally attend ICANNâs annual public meetings. ICANN subject matter
experts facilitated discussions on issues such as gTLD registry continuity,
contractual compliance, new gTLDs, GNSO policy activities, security
initiatives, the 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement, and the terminated
registrar transition process. Such discussions enhance knowledge and foster
better cooperation between ICANN and its contracted stakeholders.
The Toronto event also
featured a session on registry/registrar areas of interest that was facilitated
by David Maher, Chair, Registry Constituency, and Mason Cole, Chair, Registrar
Constituency. The chairs co-led a discussion about how the two groups might
work better together on joint areas of interest such as electing leaders for
the GNSO Council and engaging in discussions when new registry service
requests, submitted via the Registry Services Evaluation Process (RSEP), have
the potential to impact registrars.
In the interest of
transparency, the presentations are being made public.
The following information is
available about the event: