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ICANN63 High Level Government Meeting (HLGM)
08:00 - 18:00 UTC+01:00
Topics: GAC Activities, High Level Government, ICANN Meetings
Session Details

08:30 - 10:00 ICANN 63 Public Meeting opening ceremony

10:00 - 10:15 Ministers and high-level officials convene for the High Level Governmental Meeting 

10:15 - 10:45: Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Minister of Economy of the Kingdom of Spain, Chair of the HLGM.
  • HLGM 2016 Host Representative – Morocco (TBD)
  • Chair, Governmental Advisory Committee


10:45 – 13:30   Morning Meeting Sessions:

Each session will begin with a brief overview of the session topic followed by an open floor and exchange of views. *

10:45 – 12:00: Session 1.  The Role of and Opportunities For Governments in ICANN – Post IANA Transition

Potential discussion points:

  • Discussion of Governments and Intergovernmental Organizations´ participation in ICANN: incorporating the public policy perspective into ICANN policy development
  • How is the model working for governments? (in the context of the empowered community model)
  • Taking stock: the role of governmental and intergovernmental participation in the GAC
  • Potential Impact of governments making laws and regulations on DNS/ICANN
  • Explore the multi-stakeholder model and multi-stakeholder approaches to Internet governance,


12:00 - 12:15:   Initial Coffee Break 

12:15 - 13:30:  Session 2.  Thematic Challenges in the IG Ecosystem – Cybercrime, Data Protection and Privacy


Potential discussion points:

  • Seeking balance between the desire to protect privacy and the need to combat cybercrime
    • security vs privacy or freedom of expression
    • potential for fragmentation of the Internet
  • Role of the Domain Name System community and WHOIS in combatting cybercrime
  • Potential update on GDPR implementation


13:30 – 15:00:   Lunch (for Ministers, Heads of Delegations and ICANN high officials)

Guest Speaker: Houlin Zhao: ITU Secretary-General (confirmed)



15:00 – 18:00   Afternoon Meeting Sessions:


Each session will begin with a brief overview of the session topic followed by an open floor and exchange of views. *


15:00 – 16:15: Session 3.  The Internet Technological Evolution and the Role of ICANN


Potential discussion points:

  • DNS in the emerging technology space –
    • Potential impacts of blockchain technology, Internet of Things, 5G and Artificial Intelligence;
  • Outreach by ICANN to ensure a single stable secure resilient Internet (e.g., capacity building efforts and universal acceptance)
  • Role of ccTLDs – maximizing their value for local internet communities

16:15 – 16:30: Afternoon Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:45: Session 4.  Global Digital Agenda and Internet Policies

Potential discussion points:

  • What is the role of governments in developing a digital economy in their own countries?
  • Needs of emerging economies and digital agenda
  • Role of IDNs in offering a better access to the Internet
  • ICANN’s technical role to help “leapfrog” the digital agenda




17:45 – 18:00: Closing Session


  • Summary remarks from GAC Chair
  • Closing remarks by ICANN Chair
  • Chairman Report/Summary and Closing delivered by Host



18:00 - 19:30: Closing Reception hosted by ICANN for HLGM attendees and participants