ICANN 60 - Abu Dhabi

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Dates: 28 October - 3 November 2017
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Registration: Registration

ICANN 60 is an ICANN Meeting that was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. There was one regional meeting in Dubai in 2008[1]. Thus, ICANN 60 was the first ICANN Meeting in the Middle East. At ICANN 60, the Leadership Award was given to Steve Crocker, internet pioneer and outgoing ICANN Board Chair.



The ccNSO Guidelines Review Committee (GRC) expanded its mandate to allow the group to review the Operating Standards for specific reviews in addition to reviewing the current guidelines and ascertaining whether they reflect practices and working methods, identifying potential gaps, and proposing to the Council changes. The Strategic Operational Planning Working Group was renamed the Strategic Operational Committee to reflect the continuous nature of the group. The SOPC was mandated to submit a rejection action petition about ICANN and IANA about budgets, operational plans, and ICANN strategic plan to the ccNSO Council in the context of the ccNSO as a Decisional Participant. Membership structure and term limitation were reviewed.


The GNSO focused on short-term challenges and longer-term issues related to the GDPR and the RDS to Replace WHOIS Policy Development Process. Its joint session with the ccNSO covered cross-community working group status updates; Empowered Community Administration processes, procedures, and timelines; the Customer Standing Committee charter; and the SSR2 and RDS Review Teams.


key topics:

  • The New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (PDP) Work Tracks 1 and 3 on applicant support, community application, and string confusion related to the last round of new gTLD applications;
  • Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) Work Stream 2
  • ATLAS III timeline, themes, and traveler criteria
  • Ruben Hilare-Quispe from La Paz, Bolivia, and Geoffrey Blackwell from New Mexico, USA, were the first Global Indigenous Ambassadors to attend ICANN


The GAC had a joint meeting with the ICANN Board about two-character country codes at the second-level, Red Cross/Red Crescent protections and GDPR. The GAC met with representatives of Amazon.com about the July 2017 Independent Review Panel Final Declaration regarding the applications for .amazon.