The upcoming ICANN meeting to be held in London is set to be one of the largest ever for the number of participants with 2,200 people pre-registered.The meeting, ICANN’s 50th Public Meeting will be held in London from 22 to 26 June. The historic meeting will bring together international stakeholders from government, business, civil society, technical organizations and research institutions to discuss a wide variety of issues, including:
- The transition of the stewardship of some key Internet technical functions from the U.S. government to a global multi-stakeholder body.
- ICANN’s accountability and globalization strategies.
- The role of ICANN in the global Internet ecosystem.
- An exploration of the continued momentum of the New generic Top-Level Domain Program.
Moreover, the At-large Summit II Working Group (ATLAS II) will begin meeting on Saturday 21st June, exploring the future of multistakeholderism and the globalization of ICANN. The At-Large groups are made up of a wide range of representatives from around the world, and primarily is the voice of the end-use around the world into the policies that govern the Domain Name System.To officially kick-off ICANN50, Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker and President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will address attendees during a welcome session on Monday, 23 June at 08:30 BST (07:30 UTC).To see the full schedule of events and meetings taking place during ICANN 50, go to london50.icann.org/en/schedule-full.
Vint Cerf, Nii Quaynor, Beth Noveck and Paul Mockapetris invite you to join them on Tuesday, 11 March at 15:00-16:30 UTC (time converter: tinyurl.com/l458x7v) for an overview of the draft recommendations and report they respectively released earlier this month for public comment:
- ICANN‘s Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem â Draft Report [PDF, 2.14 MB];
- Public Responsibility Framework â Draft Report;
- ICANN Multistakeholder Innovation â Draft Report [PDF, 424 KB] (Proposals compiled here);
- Identifier Technology Innovation â Draft Report [PDF, 1.76 MB].
The Strategy Panels serve as an integral part of a framework for cross-community dialogue on strategic matters. Advisory in nature, ICANN Strategy Panels’ quintessential objective is to inform and support the development of ICANN‘s new, overarching vision and five-year strategic plan.
The Chairs wish to walk you through their panel’s preliminary recommendations and to seek your input, as panels fine-tune their report and bring their work to a conclusion. This webinar will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Your feedback and contributions are key to this project and will be carefully considered. Note that panels also welcome input sent via their publicly archived mailing lists (see www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/strategy-panels-25feb14-en.htm for full reference). Comments are invited through 30 April 2014.
The webinar will be run in an Adobe Connect room with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio. The session will be conducted in English.
Participants will be given the opportunity to offer comments and to ask questions during the Q&A section. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you cannot join the live session, the recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting.
Please register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 10 March 2014 â 23:59 UTC to receive the dial-in details. A reminder with log-in and dial-in details will be sent to you prior to the call.
Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Time: 15:00-16:30 UTC (time converter: tinyurl.com/l458x7v)
This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
Rod Beckstrom, CEO and President of ICANN, has called on the world community to speak up in defense of the multi-stakeholder model that has served as the “catalyst for the Internet.””The multi-stakeholder model is the catalyst for the Internet itself. By protecting that catalyst, we protect the Internet,” he said. “ICANN is an example of the multi-stakeholder model at its best: open, inclusive, balanced, effective and international.”ICANN, which works to ensure a secure, stable and unified global Internet, is based on the multi-stakeholder concept, which allows everyone with an interest in the Internet to participate in its work.”We need to make continued progress,” he said. “Otherwise a small number of stakeholders who do not represent the global public interest could step into the breach,” he continued. “This could stifle the voices of those whose contributions have led to the unified and open Internet that the world enjoys today.”Citing ongoing moves toward ICANN’s full internationalization, he also urged the world community to express its views on renewal of the IANA functions contract, which ICANN performs in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce.”The IANA contract is the next critical step in the evolution of the multi-stakeholder model, and the best vehicle for its expansion,” he stated. “Many parties around the world now seek clear progress on the structure of the contract. The credibility of the multi-stakeholder model will be judged by how well this evolution occurs.”In his address to the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, Beckstrom highlighted the need to ensure that the IANA functions contract, which expires on 31 March 2012, remains an instrument for international participation in charting the future of the Internet.He also noted the increasingly prominent role of governments in ICANN’s work, and the international nature of its board, staff, operations and volunteer community.Beckstrom is visiting many counties over the next several weeks to raise global awareness of new generic TLDs, the program approved in June that will allow the use of virtually any word in any language “after the dot” in top-level Internet domains.This ICANN news release was sourced from:
New Generic Top-Level Domains Likely to Dominate ICANN’s 40th Public Meeting[news release] Rod Beckstrom, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), said the organization’s multi-stakeholder model has been validated over many years by the smooth and reliable functioning of the Internet.”We believe in a simple principle: everyone with an interest in the Internet has an equal right to be heard in its governance,” said Rod Beckstrom. “When all voices are heard, no single voice can dominate an organization – not even governments. Not even the government that facilitated its creation.”Beckstrom made the remarks during the opening ceremony of ICANN’s 40th public meeting in San Francisco.
The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a notice that is now receiving public comments in preparation for the renewal of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract. Under that contract with the U.S. government, ICANN coordinates the root of the Internet’s domain name system. The current contract is set to expire in September.”This is the chance to add your voice to those determining the fate of the IANA function,” said Beckstrom in encouraging the attendees to make their feelings known to the U.S. government. “Whatever your opinion, we hope you will express it – openly and in writing. Take full advantage of this unique window before it closes, and make a difference in the future of the Internet.”In addressing another leading issue at the ICANN meeting, the proposed addition of new generic top level domains beyond the familiar ones, such as .com, .net, .edu, etc.) the ICANN CEO said progress is being made toward establishing a system that will vastly increase the number of generic top level domains in the Internet’s root.Beckstrom countered critics who say the process is taking too long by saying, “We’re not in a race; we’re considering a significant change to the world’s primary communications tool. We do not do that lightly. Getting it right is much more important than doing it fast.”The man considered by many to be one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Vint Cerf, told attendees “there are pressures to move away from a multi-stakeholder model. I strongly urge against this because there are too many valuable points of view that must be incorporated into any consideration of policy for Internet growth.”Cerf also said during the opening ceremony that the IANA contract should give way to a cooperative agreement, which he described as being far more versatile to a procurement type of contract, which he called “too rigid.”Governmental control of the Internet is not a viable alternative to the ICANN model, said Ira Magaziner, Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Development in the Clinton Administration.”We think the idea has worked,” said Magaziner. “While ICANN has its faults, I urge you to work actively to improve it rather than tearing it down.””The U.S government is absolutely committed to the multi-stakeholder process, ,” said Larry Strickling, head of the U.S. government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. “It only makes for a stronger ICANN and that will help ensure the continued growth and innovation of the Internet.”The ICANN meeting will continue through the week and conclude on Friday with a public meeting of the Board of Directors.Audio and/or video recordings of the speakers at the opening session will be posted here:
icann.org/en/press.To see the entire schedule for ICANN’s Silicon Valley/San Francisco meeting, go here:
svsf40.icann.org/full-scheduleTo learn more about new generic top-TLDs, go here: icann.org/en/topics/new-gtld-program.htm.This ICANN news release was sourced from: icann.org/en/news/releases/release-14mar11-en.pdf