Congressional Hearing on ICANN

by Kieren McCarthy on June 4, 2009

A Congressional Hearing is taking place in Washington this morning concerning ICANN and the conclusion of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) that ICANN has with the US government.

President and CEO Paul Twomey is representing ICANN on a panel of six, in front of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

You can find Twomey’s testimony on the ICANN presentations page at, or follow this direct link to a pdf of it. And you can view the other testimonies on the Committee webpage here.

The meeting was webcast and comes in two parts (from the Subcommittee website). ICANN is also filming proceedings and will upload a video soon.

Part 1: Stream | Download
Part 2: Stream | Download

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

gpmgroup 06.06.09 at 9:52 am

It is very useful to have the video and audio both streamed live and then have the archive video posted straight after the meeting with the option to stream or download. Plus ALL the presentations and documents in one place on a single web page – very organized.

Does ICANN have the capabilities to copy the Subcommittee’s approach for the Sydney meeting for the benefit of the people unable to attend the actual meetings?

Kieren McCarthy 06.08.09 at 11:25 am

We already do – and have done for years.

Plus ICANN provides live transcripts, interpretation, public comments and chatrooms.

And it will be even better in Sydney. I hope you take advantage of these tools.


Wesley Harris 06.09.09 at 5:23 am

Wow! I did not know that ICANN provided such extensive services. Great to know moving forward.

gpmgroup 06.09.09 at 7:49 am

Sound’s great Kieren,

I’m looking forward to seeing your improvements for Sydney.

To have live audio and video streams for each room would be a huge step forward and to have archived copies of audio and video made available straight after each session will be most helpful for people in different time zones.

All presentations as well; sounds fantastic.

One particular session which I believe we discussed at/just after the Mexico meeting was Branding and New gTLDs

This session was of particular interest to us and some of our clients. And you mentioned you would be making the presentation(s)available. If the material is still available I would really appreciate it if it could be added to the web page.

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