Get Engaged in ICANN: A Workshop for Registrars and Prospective Registrars

Get Engaged in ICANN: A Workshop for Registrars and Prospective Registrars
Date (Time is in UTC): 
Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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On 26 January 2019, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be conducting a day-long training called "Get Engaged in ICANN: A Workshop for Registrars and Prospective Registrars" in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The training session will take place immediately prior to NamesCon, the largest annual domain-industry conference, attracting professionals from around the world. See below for the agenda.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a stakeholder-driven organization where registrars and registry operators shape the future of the domain name marketplace, developing ICANN policies that directly affect their businesses. This interactive workshop will increase participants' knowledge of ICANN's inner workings, from ICANN contractual compliance to what's next in ICANN policy development. Registrars and thought leaders will share operational advice around domain renewals, transfers, data escrow, and other practices. Bring your questions and opinions to this learning and networking opportunity, open to ICANN-accredited registrars and others who may be interested in learning more about how obtaining a registrar accreditation would affect their businesses.

Who should attend?

  • Registrars newly accredited by ICANN or interested in ICANN accreditation
  • New staff at established ICANN-accredited registrars, particularly those involved in ICANN's compliance processes and policy work
  • Registrars interested in ICANN accreditation
  • Domain name resellers

How to register

  • The event is currently oversubscribed.
  • To be put on the wait list, please go to:

Participants will be eligible for discounted tickets to NamesCon. For more information or any queries, please email:

Registration Deadline:

12 January 2019


The training will take place at the Tropicana Hotel
3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. Catering will be provided

Agenda and Speakers




9:30 – 10:00



10:00 – 10:30

General Introduction to ICANN

  • The role & evolution of ICANN

ICANN's organizational structure

  • "Internet Governance" in an ICANN context
  • Where do registrars fit?

Chris Mondini, ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement

10:30 – 11:00

Introduction of the GNSO/Registrar Stakeholder Group and Policy Development

  • The Registrar Stakeholder Group's role & structure
  • Working methods & policy development
  • Current relevant Policy Development Processes (PDPs)

Steve Chan, ICANN Policy Development Support

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break


11:15 – 12:30

ICANN Registrar Accreditation

  • Registrars within the ecosystem
  • Benefits and Considerations
  • Application Process
  • Fees
  • Q&A

Andee Hill, ICANN Registrar Services

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break


13:30 – 14:15

ICANN's Contractual Compliance Approach and Processes

  • Overall approach and process
  • Registrar-related compliance areas
  • What does it mean? How does it impact you?

Jonathan Denison, ICANN Contractual Compliance

14:15 – 15:30

Registrar Operational Issues:

  • Contractual Compliance Registrar lessons learned:
    • Transfer policy
    • Domain renewal: Expired Registration Recovery Policy (ERRP)
    • Registrar data escrow
  • Contractual compliance performance measurement and reporting
    • Registrar best practices
    • Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP), Registrar's Abuse contact and Duty to investigate reports of Abuse, Transfers, Transfer Emergency Action Contact (TEAC), Expired Registration Recovery Policy (ERRP), Expire, Redemption - What works and what doesn't?

Moderator: Michele Neylon

15:30 – 15:45 

Coffee Break


15:45 – 16:15

Current High Interest Topics for Registrars:

  • Universal Acceptance
  • Data protection

Joe Catapano, ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement

16:15 – 17:00

Involvement in ICANN & How to Stay in Touch

  • The Registrar Stakeholder Group: Why engage and what impact does your engagement have?
  • How do I stay in touch with ICANN?
  • Who to contact
  • Overview of relevant meetings
  • Available ICANN resources

Andee Hill, ICANN Registrar Services

Geographic Region: 
North America
Event Topic: 
Registry / Registrar
Contact Name: 
Joe Catapano, Amy Bivins, and Andee Hill