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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GNSO calls for webinar on UDRP

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) arm of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in conjunction with ICANN Policy staff, has called for participation in its upcoming webinar on Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

The webinar scheduled to hold on May 10 at 15:00 UTC will explore the current state of the UDRP. Attendees, according to the press statement made available to ITRealms Online, will hear the viewpoints from experts in the field on the effectiveness of the UDRP, and whether it should be modified or amended.

“This webinar is designed to solicit current information and data on the UDRP for reference in an Issue Report to be published by Staff,” part of the announcement read, just as UDRP providers, panelists, attorneys and other observers of the UDRP process will be invited to share their perspective on this key ICANN policy.

Officials informed that the UDRP has not been reviewed by the GNSO Council since its adoption; hence the Issue Report will speak to how the UDRP has addressed the problem of cyber-squatting to date, and explore any insufficiencies or inequalities associated with the process.

“This Issue Report will then be considered by the GNSO Council as it decides whether to commence a new policy development process (PDP) on the UDRP,” the statement read.

The webinar scheduled to run for 120 minutes, it was gathered, will be conducted in English only.

“The meeting will be run in Adobe Connect with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio,” ICANN policy staff informed.

Participants will have opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentations, but during the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect.

“If you are not able to participate in the live session, the slides and MP3 will be made available shortly after the meeting,” ICANN said.

They explained that in order to participate, potentials partakers have been advised to contact via email to the GNSO Secretariat - gnso.secretariat-at-gnso.icann.org, to receive the call details.

“We will send you an e-mail reminder before the event with log-in and dial-in details,” ICANN assured.

The GNSO of ICANN is the successor to the responsibilities of the Domain Name Supporting Organization that relate to the generic top-level domains.

ICANN’s by-laws outline three supporting organizations, of which the GNSO belongs including helping to promote the development of Internet policy and encourage diverse and international participation in the technical management of the Internet.

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