ICANN has announced that it will start hosting gatherings at various high-profile locations to encourage more discussion and education about their plants to introduce a new gTLD (generic Top-Level Domain) program. The events will include on-site consultation to answer many of the concerns people have about regulations, trademark policies and online criminal activity.
Starting June 24 in Sydney, the organization will circle the globe, stopping in New York (July 13), London (July 15), Hong Kong (July 24), and Abu-Dhabi (TBD). The last two will mainly focus on the internationalization issues, including plans to allow non-latin characters from various languages, referred to as Internationalized Domain Names (IDN).
The new gTLD program will allow applicants to setup their own custom Top-Level Domains. Many cities and corporations have expressed interest in it, while some have expressed their concerns. The global events will all be free of charge, requiring only pre-registration to attend. The last date for New York and London registration is July 10.