DotSensei at ICANN 57 in Hyderabad, India
From 3-9 November 2016, DotSensei’s CTO attended ICANN 57, a successful post-IANA transition meeting in India. It was an amazing opportunity to meet domain industry professionals from all across the world and to discuss a broad range of Internet-related topics.
The setting for ICANN’s 57th meeting was India’s state-of-the-art convention facility in Hyderabad – nicknamed “Cyberabad” – a major center for the technology industry and a blend of modern architecture and traditional restaurants, bazaars and historic sites.
The meeting is regarded as historic as it is the first public ICANN meeting after the coordination and management of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions were handed from the US government to the global multi-stakeholder community. It is also the longest ICANN meeting ever held with 3000+ people participating from 170+ countries.
The meeting brought together diverse international stakeholders from government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities and others. The representatives had the chance to discuss a broad range of Internet-related topics, develop policies for the Domain Name System (DNS) and enhance the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.
The ICANN Ceremony was held on November 5th, 2016, and it was graced by the Honorable Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad who serves as the current Union Minister holding Law and Justice and Ministry of Information Technology in India. Inauguration speeches were given by Mr. Samiran Gupta, Head of ICANN in India followed by Mr. Göran Marby, the President and CEO of ICANN.
The meeting had a packed schedule that consisted of a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies. Some of the topics discussed were related to Universal Acceptance, Internationalized Domain Names, DNSSEC, Registry Service Provider Certification, Root Stability, and many others.