Last Updated: 28 May 2009

Participation at meetings

There is an ongoing issue about how to have real and effective remote participation at ICANN meetings.

Between Wednesday 27 May and Wednesday 17 June, you can use the question box form below to ask a question directly to the Board for the public forum that takes place in Sydney on Thursday 25 June/

If you are unable to see the form below, please go direct to

As most of you will hopefully be aware, a specific website is set up for each meeting - you can see Delhi's here:, and Paris' at - where a webpage is provided for every meeting. That webpage contains its own chatroom; it contains the agenda, links to presentations , and, when over, a link to the transcript.

However there is still a disconnect and an advantage if you are physically in the room. As an Internet organisation trying to serve a global audience with limited resources, ICANN wants to get to the point where participation is real and possible remotely.

Add your ideas, have a discussion, review what others think at this dedicated forum to improving remote participation.


The biggest issue from experience is time. Meetings start and go extremely quickly from the perspective of someone not in the room. Often meetings happen at inappropriate times for those that wish to attend. Sometimes by the time a question raised remotely can be introduced into the conversation, the conversation has moved on. And this in itself discourages interaction.

So the question is: what can be done to fix this? Is the answer to make sure agendas are posted earlier? How can this be enforced? Should questions be accepted ahead of time? Should meetings on one topic be stretched over several days, allowing for more effective remote input?

What are the practicalities? How do you get the physical meeting to take remote input seriously? What needs to be done? ICANN is very interested in your views on this. And for that reason we have set up a forum on this site in order to help the community discuss, review, brainstorm and formulate possible solutions which ICANN will then experiment with in an effort to provide the global community with a more effective route into the organisation's work.

Add your ideas, have a discussion, review what others think at this dedicated forum to improving remote participation.

Last Updated: 13 November 2007

Participate within ICANN

As this post is written, ICANN is attending the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro.

There has been some discussion about the organisation and its role, which ICANN has been trying to explain. Most important in this whole process however has been the fact that ICANN is telling everyone that the door is open and not only can anyone participate in the organisation but that ICANN actively wants more people participating.

Last Updated: 15 May 2008

Translation at ICANN

Welcome to the translation page

This page has been set up to inform the community about the efforts being made within ICANN to move to being a more international organisation by providing materials in languages other than English.

Update: The summary of public input on the translation programme at the Delhi meeting has been posted to this site. You can read it here.

A translation glossary has been posted on the Web using Google spreadsheets. You can view it here. If you are interested in becoming part of the team that builds up and agrees upon the terms, please email the ICANN translation team on trans-comm [at] icann {dot} org.


The hope is that the community will review these pages and assist in helping the organisation by providing useful feedback, offering to help, supplying useful leads, and so on.

Last Updated: 25 July 2007

Make your views known - ICANN comment periods

A vital part of ICANN's processes is the opportunity for there to be public comment on each substantial piece of work before it is put forward for final approval.

We have created a page where all of the issues current under public review within ICANN can be found, and would encourage people to check it out - and to continue to review it as more comment periods are opened, and as periods are closed and summaries and analyses of the comment made are posted.

The public comment page can be found at:

All comment periods are official announced by ICANN on its main site (and you can sign up to an automated email service for ICANN announcements).

Last Updated: 1 February 2018

Help the GNSO Conduct Sunrise & Trademark Claims Surveys

Help the GNSO Conduct Sunrise & Trademark Claims Surveys

ICANN is seeking suppliers to help the GNSO develop and conduct surveys to assess the efficacy of Sunrise and Trademark Claims Rights Protection Mechanisms. Interested? Respond to Request for Proposal by 09 March 2018.

Last Updated: 30 January 2018

The GNSO’s New Motto: Be prepared!

Read the blog from GNSO Chair Heather Forest to learn about the GNSO Council pilot Strategic Planning Session, as well as priorities for 2018!

Last Updated: 14 November 2017

New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Work Track 1 Update

Christa Taylor and Sara Bockey, Co-Leads of the PDP Working Group on the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Work Track 1, reflect on the discussions at ICANN60 on Applicant Support and other pertinent topics related to the overall new gTLD application process. Watch more GNSO video interviews by visiting the ICANN YouTube Channel.

Last Updated: 14 November 2017

Curative Rights: Proposed Final Recommendations

Philip Corwin and Petter Rindforth, Co-Chairs of the PDP WG on the IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms, preview the proposed final recommendations of the WG and explain how the PDP addresses policy concerns raised by the GAC.

Last Updated: 14 November 2017

A Talk with the New and Former Chairs of the GNSO

Watch the interview of Heather Forrest, the GNSO Chair, and James Bladel, former GNSO Chair. Bladel reflects on his experiences, and Forrest talks about the future goals and focus on the GNSO.

Last Updated: 14 November 2017

Recapping GNSO Activities at ICANN60 and Looking Ahead to ICANN61

The leadership of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council detailing the progress made at ICANN60, as well as the priorities leading up to ICANN61.