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Dates: 13-18 March, 2011
Location: Silicon Valley, San Francisco
Venue: The Westin St. Francis San Francisco
Website: ICANN 40 Website
Total Registrants: 1474
Registration: List of Registered Attendees
Historical Significance
.xxx was approved

ICANN 40 was held in Silicon Valley between 13 and 18 March, 2011.[1] The meeting was hosted at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square.

Key developments

ICANN 40 was the most attended meeting till date, with more than 1700 attendees.[2] It is also considered the "most heated" meeting, as many important issues were to be discussed, including the .xxx and the New gTLD Program.[3]


.xxx Approved

After a debate lasting nearly ten years, the ICANN Board approved .xxx as a new sTLD. The Board made an agreement allowing ICM Registry, owned by Stuart Lawley, to handle the registry services for the TLD.[4] There was a lot of heat on the .xxx debate at this ICANN Meeting, including a protest outside the hotel lead by important members of the local adult entertainment industry, as well as FSC Executive Director Diane Duke.[5]

Key sessions

Multiple session were in progress consecutively in different rooms of the hotel. The prominent session included:

  • CISO Roundtable, held on 14 March
The main agenda of this meetings was to discuss building pathways for engagement with the CISO community.[6]
  • Technical Evolution of WHOIS, held on 16 March
This was a followup session to a workshop convened at ICANN 39. This session was about IRIS and RWS, as explained by the experts. Authors and implementors of IRIS and RWS were invited to give presentations.[7]
Enabling Future Directory Services for Domain Registration Data
A RESTful Web Service for Whois
  • New gTLD Program: Discussion of Issues Identified by Governmental Advisory Committee, held on 16 March
This session was an opportunity for public discussion on the issues identified by the GAC for the New gTLD Program at the GAC Communique at ICANN 39.[8]
Transcript: New gTLDs with Board
  • Consultation between ICANN Board and the GAC, held on 15 March
In this session, the GAC and Board of Directors discussed issues pertaining to the introduction of new gTLDs and the proposed delegation of .xxx to ICM Registry.[9] The new gTLDs were approved at ICANN 41.
Transcript: Consultation between ICANN Board and the GAC
  • Presentation & Discussion of the Proposed New GNSO Policy Development Process, held on 16 March
This session was aimed at providing an overview of the new GNSO Policy Development Process proposed at ICANN Brussels.[10]
Presentations: The New GNSO Policy Development Process
  • Clinton To Address ICANN Silicon Valley Meeting, held on 16 March[11]
  • Geographic Regions Review Working Group Workshop, held on 17 March
This Workshop was a discussion regarding the future of ICANN's Geographic Regions framework. It featured members of the community interested in sharing their views with members of the community-wide working group, which is examining the current geographic regions framework.[12]


Vint Cerf speaking at ICANN 40

Rod Beckstrom's opening speech

Opening Press Conference of ICANN 40

Bill Clinton addressing the audience

Interview with CEO Rod Beckstrom and Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush

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