Due to the world situation arsing from the pandemic crisis of Covid-9, a lot of meetings would have to be realized virtually. One of them si the ICANN68 Meeting, which should have been taken place in Kuala Lumpur (Malaisia), annual meeting of the organism that manages the Internet on the world, which took place online with remote participation.
The virtual meeting took 11 hours of sessions about relevant issues and 6 hours of discussion of the GAC . In this meeting different politics that regulates the Global Net were discussed and how to act in this new situation. The GAC, in every ICANN meeting, writes a communication to inform about the debates of the virtual forum.
This year, procedures to introduce new First Level Generic Domains (gTLD), abuse on the Domain Name System, Whois and data protection and other organizational issues were included. Among the activities developed during the working day, a ICANN managing board meeting was held where they talked about the new gTLD, abuse of DNS, data base among other issues.
The GAC presented a report of the issues discussed during the ICANN68. Something to point out is the relation of ICANN with the Covid situation and its decision to continue working on politic in this area. Some working groups were created to deal with these questions. It is very important its work on the measures to mitigate the abuse of DNS, and that many registrars show their willingness to communicate information about this issue.
The working group about Public Security sees the need of mutual work of governments, ICANN and the community. Another point they are working on is the EPDP of gTLD data registry, developing politics to approach questions of differentiation between natural and legal person, and guarantee the accuracy of data, which is a coherent requisite with the General Rules of Data Protection of the UE.
This data precision will facilitate the ICANN work. Besides the data treatment, a report about the DNS abuse related with the Covid-19 was presented, where they thanked the effort of registries and registrars in this area. The GAC considers primordial the creation of capacities and capacitating on the ICANN, new efforts to face the abuse on DNS and to improve the existing counselling. Among the next steps to take into account Public Comments about new gTlD and the phase 2 of GNSO EPDP will take place. Another important issue is the Final Report of the Cross Community Working Group and the bid procedures of the new gTLD.