[ICANN news release] ICANN will convene its 52nd Public Meeting in Singapore, from February 9th to 12th.The meeting will bring together stakeholders from around the globe to discuss what the future of the Internet may look like in light of last year’s announcement that the United States (U.S.) government will transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community.Former Senior Advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, and Singapore’s Minister of Communications and Information, Dr. Yaacob bin Ibrahim, will address attendees at the meeting’s opening ceremony. Details are provided below.In the afternoon, ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will join Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, Global Domains Division President Akram Atallah and Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific (APAC) Yu-Chuang Kuek in responding to journalists’ questions during an international news conference. They will address a wide range of issues, including the current status of the IANA stewardship transition and the continued delegation of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs).Journalists who are unable to attend the Singapore meeting are encouraged to participate remotely via a live web stream or an international toll-free telephone connection. The details for connecting are provided below.A recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site (www.icann.org/en/news/press) after the event.To see the full schedule of events and meetings taking place during ICANN52 in Singapore, go to singapore52.icann.org/en/schedule-full.Registration for ICANN52 is available on-site or at registration.icann.org.
The most highly attended ICANN conference to date may also be the meeting we will look back on as the precise moment when the Internet business ceased to be synonymous with the Wild West. As ICANN and the satellite businesses and organizations which support the function of the Internet gain notoriety and publicity and institutionalized “big business” steps into the space as players in the New gTLD realm, the existing community must also step up its game.ICANN 40 hosted the most illustrious guest speaker ICANN has hosted in some time, and enjoyed the most media attention the organization has received to date. This is, as Keynote speaker and Ex-President Bill Clinton described, quite a “High Class” problem to have.Scheduled midway through the conference to precede the Gala event, the Clinton speech was heavily attended. The line to get in grew to such a daunting length that some opted straight away for the overflow rooms where the speech was broadcast on large screens, brining cases of beer along (perhaps something the erstwhile president, known for being “down to earth” would have appreciated). Clinton’s appearance, became a celebration of how far the Internet and ICANN have come in the last decade; and while we may focus on certain issues getting hamstrung it is hard to deny that we have come quite far.The speech was moving although he admitted to having recycled it causing a light stir in the crowd over receiving a used speech for the alleged amount of money he was paid to deliver it. As Clinton slipped in and out of the southern charm and colloquialism he is so well known for; making jokes at his own expense; it became clear that the not easily impressed crowd were visibly star struck. Among other things, former President Clinton spoke to the importance of growing and funding the Internet during his administration. Discussing his pet causes and touching on a few of our own, he encouraged that as a community we can’t be afraid of innovations.Clinton explained that there were, “50 websites on the internet when I took office, jumping to 130 and then 136 million by the time I left.” And credited then senator Al Gore and the passing of the Information Infrastructure Act in large part for this success.He cited the importance of the Internet in creating the “critical mass” in Egypt. He followed this by stating “I believe it is very important not to get so carried away that we don’t think that things like real world power and organizations matter,” and called the “enormous amount” of Internet commerce a “high class problem.”Clinton let the audience know in no uncertain terms that, “It is very important to get the Internet right.” He also emphasized the need for “building the positive and reducing the negative forces of interdependence requires.” While he may not have been directly talking about government interference on New gTLDs, it is not bad advice to apply to the situation.He spoke directly to the crowd, saying: “I still believe that human possibility is in some measure a matter of the imagination, attitude and courage of those in position to seize and develop it. We are actually here because some of the people sitting in here 20 years ago imagined a different world and they didn’t know exactly how it would come out. They just knew that a networked world would probably work better than a bureaucratic one, that a free world would probably work better than one that was predetermined. And they fully recognized that there would be rough edges and questions about access and all the other questions we are all dealing with, but they got the big things right. It’s important to stumble in the right direction.” He then added, “You are laughing at me, but I know what I am talking about.”He stressed that perfection may never be achieved but that one can always do better. He warned against zero sum games and asked the audience to consider whether they were “creating a world that you would like to leave to your children or grandchildren?” As ICANN and the domain industry “stumble” forward into the next phase of Internet innovation and industry evolution, these are good words to consider.Kelly Hardy is a freelance consultant and blogger. Her work can be found at www.namesmash.com
President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, praised the success of ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model by pointing out that when he took office in 1992, there were about 50 Internet web sites. When he left office eight years later, there were roughly 36 million. Continue reading President Bill Clinton Voices Support for ICANN's Multi-Stakeholder Model of Internet Governance – Emphasizes Link between Internet and Job Creation
President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, praised the success of ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model by pointing out that when he took office in 1992, there were about 50 Internet web sites. When he left office eight years later, there were roughly 36 million.”We’ve seen an enormous amount of success,” said President Clinton. “All of you played a role in that and I am grateful. We have in its new incarnation, the international community, governments and the private sector working together to get information to people all over the globe and I think it’s a good model.”The Clinton administration was instrumental in 1998 in helping to form ICANN as a unique non-profit multi-stakeholder organization to coordinate the global Internet addressing system.President Clinton stressed the link between job creation and information technology during his address Wednesday evening to about thirteen hundred people at ICANN’s on-going Silicon Valley-San Francisco international public meeting.Discussions during the weeklong meeting have delved into a wide range of subjects, including the possible addition of new generic top-level domains. Participants have also considered issues ranging from expanding IPv6 Internet address protocols to the best way in which to deal with online cyber security threats.The meeting will draw to a close on Friday with a series of votes by ICANN’s international board of directors.To read this ICANN news release in full, see:
Bill Clinton is addressing the San Francisco-Silicon Valley ICANN meeting this Wednesday and ICANN has asked for questions from the audience.Questions for President Clinton need to be submitted in advance and will be moderated with Rod Beckstrom, ICANN President and CEO, joining President Clinton on stage after the speech asking the questions on behalf of the community.ICANN is also advising that due to the time restrictions, not all questions received will be answered.All questions must be received no later than 10:00 PST, Tuesday 15 March. Questions can be sent until the deadline via email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. This address delivers to a list that operates very much like our Public Comment Forum. To monitor the questions being asked, visit forum.icann.org/lists/clinton-questions.
ICANN has confirmed they are in negotiation with Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, to speak at what is now being called their Silicon Valley-San Francisco meeting in March.The announcement came about following a number of reports Clinton would be speaking. To set the record straight, ICANN have announced that while Clinton has been invited and accepted, a contract has not been signed, hence a formal announcement cannot be made.In a posting on the ICANN Blog, Scott Pinzon notes that they “are also aware that ICANN meetings are highly structured, work-intensive events, and we want to be sure that an appearance by President Clinton enhances the meeting’s outcomes rather than distracts from them.”There were also unsubstantiated comments that Clinton would be paid half a million dollars. However ICANN says this fee is “way out of line” and that his speaking fees are a matter of public record. Additionally, it is anticipated the speaking fee would “be covered by a targeted sponsorship donated specifically for this purpose. In other words, ICANN’s budget is not financing this speaking engagement.”