[IRPCoalition] ICANN Meeting in London, 20 June - all invited (fyi)

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FYI (Contact details at end of this message)


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will 
hold its 50th public meeting at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 
Edgware Road, on 22 - 26 June 2014.  We are writing to invite you to 
participate in a pre-event to be held at the meeting site on Friday 20 
June from 16:30-19:00.

The workshop, Civil Society in ICANN and Internet Governance, will 
provide an opportunity for open and vigorous dialogue between public 
interest advocates who are active both within and outside the ICANN 
community.  From within ICANN will be members of the Noncommercial Users 
Constituency www.ncuc.org , which for over a decade has been the voice 
of civil society in ICANN's policy processes on generic top level domain 
names and related matters (see attached flyer). From outside the ICANN 
community we hope to have participants from advocacy and research 
organizations based in the UK and beyond who are involved in human 
rights, privacy protection, freedom of expression, access to knowledge, 
development, and related issues.

The agenda would be to discuss items such as:

·       The role of ICANN in the rapidly changing Internet governance 
·       ICANN's current drive to become a more globalized organization;
·       The importance of ICANN's policies for public interest advocates 
working on diverse Internet issues;
·       How civil society works within ICANN's structures, and how 
interested actors can get involved;
·       Brief overview of the ICANN meeting week, highlights of key debates.

The workshop will from 16:30-18:15, and be followed by a networking 
reception from 18:15-19:00.  A more detailed agenda will be shared 
closer to the date.  If you would like to join us, please confirm your 
attendance via email to Mr. Jean-Jacques Sahel < 
jean-jacques.sahel at icann.org>.

Finally, also please note that participation in the ICANN meeting itself 
is free of charge and open to the public, and that newcomers are 
heartily welcomed to attend.  The 50th meeting will be a particularly 
important one, with governments organizing a High Level policy event on 
Monday 23rd, civil society and other groups holding Constituency Day 
meetings on Tuesday 24th, and a wide range of workshops and plenary 
discussions on ICANN globalization and other pressing issues occurring 
on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th.  The evolving agenda and 
registration are available at http://meetings.icann.org/icann50.

Thank you for considering this invitation, we look forward to hearing 
from you.


William J. Drake
University of Zurich & Chair,
the Noncommercial Users Constituency

Jean-Jacques Sahel
Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Europe, ICANN
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