IGF 2016 Video: ICANN New gTLDs Program, Impact & Future Direction

IGF 2016: ICANN New gTLD Program: Exploring Impact & Future Direction

Video above: this IGF 2016 Workshop session (Dec 7, 2016), features contributions from a variety of stakeholders exploring the current discussions and analysis to date on the impact of the expansion of the internet’s namespace via ICANN’s New gTLD Program. The workshop includes discussion and updates on the different formal reviews ICANN has initiated ahead of a potential new application round. In particular, this IGF 2016 session reflects the ongoing debate and discourse about new gTLDs, their positive or negative contributions, if any, to consumer choice and competition, and what policy and implementation changes are necessary or desirable ahead of any subsequent new gTLDs (new generic top-level domains) application round. The session purportedly sought contributions from participants who do not normally engage in the on-going debate at ICANN meetings, however most of the session participants are ICANN "regulars"--the scheduled speakers included:

Akram Atallah, President, ICANN Global Domains Division
Olga Cavalli, GAC representative (Argentina)
Olivier M.J. Crépin-Leblond
Avri Doria
Jimson Olufuye
Megan Richards
Jonathan Zuck

Session Organizers
Nigel Hickson, VP; IGO Engagement, ICANN
Dierdre Sidjanski, ICANN Office Manager in Geneva, Switzerland

More information about IGF 2016:  News Review: IGF 2016, Internet Governance Forum, Guadalajara, Dec. 5-9

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