[At-Large] [ALAC-Announce] A briefing by the European Commission

Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Fri Feb 19 08:39:59 UTC 2021

Hello all,

I recommended this Webinar as it feels somehow as a milestone in ICANN's 

The GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation, that was rolled out and 
enforced by the European Commission, had a big impact on ICANN's 
registration directory services. Whilst a replacement to WHOIS, the 
database of domain name registrants, has been in research for many 
years, the GDPR has changed the game and ICANN had to create an 
"expedited policy development process - EPDP" in the GNSO to create new 
rules relating to the access to registration data. That work is still in 
However, in recent times, the European Commission has continued its work 
on ICT issues by drafting a "Digital Services Act" and launched some 
cybersecurity policy initiatives. Both these processes have the 
potential to directly affect some of ICANN's work.
The milestone moment is that it is the first time that a number of 
senior policy representatives from a governing body such as the European 
Commission, are ready to interact directly not only with ICANN Org, but 
also with the ICANN Community. Of course there have been plenty of 
interactions in the past with the US Department of Commerce. There have 
also been plenty of interactions with governments in the GAC. But this 
time is different in that it is a set of non-US government 
representatives ready to have a dialogue with the different ICANN 
Personally I have mixed feelings about this: on the one hand, I think it 
is a excellent opportunity to bring input to the European Commission - 
and to also understand the underlying reasons behind some of the 
proposed regulations. I am delighted that this interaction is taking 
place! On the other hand, I wonder what would happen if each government 
in the world were to start its own regulations and to engage the ICANN 
community on each of these regulations? What I mean by this, is the 
concern that was expressed in the latest Engagement Group on Internet 
Governance Session that regulation has the potential for Internet 
fragmentation. Yes, what a can of worms!

So that's why this forthcoming session sounds like it's going to be 
super interesting on many levels. Don't miss it!

Kindest regards,


On 19/02/2021 01:47, Maureen Hilyard via ALAC-Announce wrote:
> *As recommended by Olivier Crepin Leblond at the ALT+ meeting this 
> morning. *
> *
> *
> *From: *Elena Plexida <elena.plexida at icann.org> 
> <mailto:elena.plexida at icann.org>
> *Date: *Friday, 12 February 2021 at 15:06
> *To: *ccwg-internet-governance 
> <ccwg-internet-governance-bounces at icann.org> 
> <mailto:ccwg-internet-governance-bounces at icann.org>
> *Cc: *Nora Mari <nora.mari at icann.org> <mailto:nora.mari at icann.org>
> *Subject: *ICANN Stakeholder Assembly: A Briefing by the European 
> Commission on the Recent EU Initiatives on Digital Services and 
> Cybersecurity
> Dear all,
> On 26 February 2021, we are hosting a webinar 
> <https://features.icann.org/event/icann-organization/icann-stakeholder-assembly-briefing-european-commission-recent-eu> 
> with the European Commission on its recent initiatives, including:
>   * The Digital Services Act (DSA)
>   * The EU Cybersecurity Policy Initiatives:
>       o The Cybersecurity Strategy
>       o The revised Network and Information Security Directive (NIS2)
> During the webinar the European Commission will provide an overview of 
> the recently announced initiatives, focusing on the areas of relevance 
> to the DNS and the broader ICANN community, and answer questions on 
> these important initiatives and their possible impacts.
> Here 
> <https://icann.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3DjDGwH7Q0KsKLtBYElkBA> is 
> the direct link to registration.
> Please note you can submit questions in advance to nora.mari at icann.org 
> <mailto:nora.mari at icann.org>. Goes without saying the Commission will 
> also be taking questions during the webinar.
> For background information, you can view the recording of the ICANN 
> Stakeholder Assembly: ICANN Perspectives on EU Digital Initiatives 
> that took place on the 27 Jan here 
> <https://icann.zoom.us/rec/play/8uVLgrqdjVQiEWIiiDFcSP9xt0VEH1SxEUOqhkRCa-CvlZPNTlChMMs6kfRvhAdgptUqzREAQHZatT7k.hMGJ0EktAoT5_wl-?continueMode=true>.
> Hope to see you there.
> Kind Regards,
> Elena
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