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Update about Synchronized IDN ccTLDs

by Tina Dam on April 11, 2010

This blog post is primarily intended to update the many people in the technical community and ccTLD community about activities related to Synchronized IDN ccTLDs. As you may know, one of the ICANN Board resolutions from the recent ICANN meeting in Nairobi directed staff to develop an extension to the Fast Track Process: a mechanism […]


Seoul public forum topics and times

by Kieren McCarthy on October 19, 2009

The public forum in Seoul will take place on Thursday 29 October. You can find the latest information on the session webpage at Session goals and outcomes: The public forum is the community’s opportunity to make comments on the main topics in front of ICANN at each meeting directly to the Board and in […]

The Public Participation Board Committee (PPC) is holding a public meeting on Wednesday in Sydney at 9am. In order to get the most out of that session, a backgrounder documents covering the topics that the Committee has been working on has been published. Those topics are: Status reports Document deadlines Language Calendar of meetings For […]

Mexico City question box responses published

by Kieren McCarthy on April 10, 2009

Two-and-a-half weeks prior to the start of the Mexico City meeting, we opened an online Question Box, where community members could very simply ask questions of ICANN’s staff and Board without having to be physically present at the various public forum and speaking into a microphone.

This approach means for more effective remote participation plus increased participation from attendees who prefer not to address a room directly – something that I have consistently heard is an issue at ICANN meetings. In total , 96 questions were asked and answered – which was no small amount of work.

We’re going to repeat the whole approach for Sydney but with two main changes. For one, I’m going to put a limit on the number of questions that people can ask. The idea of the question box is that it is an online version of the public forum i.e. you don’t have to physically stand up at the microphone.

However, it is very rare that anyone gets to ask more than two questions during a public forum, and so I think it makes sense to apply the same logic to the online version. Looking at the use of the question box this time around, all but 4 of the 36 commenters asked two questions or less.

There were also a small number of people that felt the 30-word limit on the question was a little too restrictive. And so we’ll increase it to 50 words, which should give plenty of room to comment and question.

Anyway, posted below, as well as on the Mexico City website and the main ICANN website are the responses to the 96 questions. Enjoy. And feel free to comment on the process or any of the questions below.

Kieren McCarthy
General manager of public participation, ICANN


Mexico City Question Box

by Kieren McCarthy on February 11, 2009

As explained in an earlier post, we have created an online question box for Mexico City public forums. That question box is embedded into this post so you can respond simply and directly from the ICANN blog.

The box should appear below (you may have to click on “[read the rest]”). If you have trouble viewing the box, you can access it directly on the web using this URL:

Public forums in Mexico City

by Kieren McCarthy on February 11, 2009

If you were at the Cairo meeting, you will know that there was no small degree of irritation about the time that was available for the traditional open mic session on the Thursday.

If people are really keen, I can explain why that came about, but perhaps more importantly, we have ensured that there is plenty of time available at the Mexico City meeting next month for “public forum”.

In fact, there is four-and-a-half hours dedicated forum time: 90 minutes on the Monday solely covering the Applicant Guidebook; 30 minutes at the end of the Joint ACSO meeting; and two-and-a-half hours open-mic time on the Thursday.

Click here to visit the online question box

Just to be clear: this is more open-mic time than at any ICANN meeting since Vancouver in 2005, and that meeting was marked out as being where both the dotcom contract and the .xxx application were discussed. We are also starting to separate out the delivery of reports (AC/SO chairs, staff and Board Committees) from “public forum” time, meaning open microphone time. That means that open microphone time is not dependent on anything else and stands alone as dedicated time.


Response and summary to the Cairo public forum

by Kieren McCarthy on December 15, 2008

This is a Response and Summary to the Cairo public forum that took place on 6 November 2008.

A PDF version of this document is available at:

Note from the Chairman:

One of the most significant features of ICANN meetings is the Public Forum, where members of the ICANN community are able to present their views on issues of concern to them to the ICANN Board, in public session. The fact that we rotate meetings through each of the geographic sectors of the world enhances the opportunity that people from every region to present their views to the ICANN Board, in the presence of Staff and the whole ICANN community.

As a long-time participant from the floor presenting views, in my case from the ccTLD community, I am well aware of the time, effort and expense that goes into the preparation of such statements. As a board member, I have valued hearing those submissions, from individuals, governments and constituencies. I am determined as Chair to continue this tradition, and to maximise the opportunities for information sharing it represents.