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ICANN Globalization in an Evolving IG Ecosystem

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No. 191 ICANN Globalization in an Evolving IG Ecosystem

Propose's Nationality: UNITED KINGDOM

Proposer's Country of Residence: SWITZERLAND

Nationality of Organisation UNITED STATES

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

IGF & The Future of the Internet Ecosystem


ICANN is a multi-stakeholder organization that has a critical yet confined role as a steward of the Internet identifiers and protocol parameters. ICANN coordinates closely with other actors in the Internet ecosystem who play a key role in managing the technical resources of the Internet infrastructure. ICANN also has relationships with many different stakeholders who participate in various Internet governance processes at regional and international levels.
ICANN continuously seeks to improve its multi-stakeholder structures and policy development processes to be more effective, inclusive, and transparent. It does that through ongoing reviews undertaken by community members representing all stakeholder groups. The Affirmation of Commitments Reviews and the implementation of recommendations of the Accountability and Transparency Review Teams (ATRT1) and (ATRT2) are example of such community reviews.
ICANN also contributes to several initiatives and efforts aiming to evolve the global multi-stakeholder Internet governance cooperation, and to strengthen ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model. The ICANN Strategy Panels, the Montevideo Statement by leaders of Internet organizations, and the High-Level Panel on the Future of Global Internet Cooperation, are all efforts toward this objective.

This workshop is targeted toward those with an interest in the evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem, and will address a range of issues in this area including:
• ICANN accountability and transparency mechanisms;
• Globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, including the NTIA transition dialogue;
• Enhancing global multi-stakeholder Internet governance cooperation, including reflections on Netmundial;
• Roadmap toward collaborative and inclusive Internet Governance, including the output of the High-Level Panel.

Detailed Agenda:

Introduction by moderator (2 min);

Panelists to react to following questions (10 min per question):

(1)How do you see progress made with regard to the process towards completing the transition of NTIA’s stewardship of the IANA functions?

(2) How can ICANN’s accountability and transparency mechanisms continue to evolve to support globalization of the organization?

(3)What are the key outcomes of Netmundial, and how can the global Internet community benefit from its success?

(4)What are the key recommendations of the High-Level Panel’s report, and what are the next steps?

Discussion with floor (40 min)

Closing remarks by panelists (1 min each)

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Nigel Hickson
Technical Community

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#Internet_ecosystem, #multistakeholder_cooperation, #ICANN

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Matthew Shears
Civil Society

Adiel Akplogan
Technical Community

Fiona Alexander

Janis Karklins
Government of Latvia

Claudia Selli
AT&T Brussels

Wolfgang Kleinwaechter
Civil Society
University of Aarhus

Tarek Kamel
Technical Community

Olivier Crepin-Leblond
User Community

Name of Moderator(s)

Wolfgang Kleinwaechter

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Baher Esmat

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Moderator will coordinate with panelists and allow enough time for each one to present their views; and will spare 30-40 minutes for discussion with audience both present in the room and remote

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Advertise the session through mailing lists and social media; post details about topics in due course, and encourage remote participation.

Background paper

No background paper provided

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions

In Summary this workshop explored recent developments in the globalisation from 1998 when it was formed to the current day. It noted the recent dramatic developments (affecting such globalisation) such as the US Announcement on the transfer of NTIA responsibility for certain IANA functions to the global Internet Community, the NETMundial Conference and the ICANN gTLD Programme. It recognised that there were many aspects to globalization, not least the legislative base of ICANN and who it is accountable to.

After Wolfgang had briefly introduced the panelists each was asked to briefly give their own views of globalization. Among the points made were the following:

- globalisation is more than opening offices; reaching out though is important; and thus need people on ground engaging (not sitting in offices);

- US announcement is critical step towards globalization; no going back to status quo now, ICANN is accountable to global Community;

- More to do to get those “outside” Community to be involved; indeed the word "ICANN Community" is no longer really appropriate; as all our part of it;

- Remaining gTLD issues need resolving; including the protection of IGO acronyms etc;

- ICANN Regional Strategies were complemented on; seen to be beneficial;

- Globalization of ICANN corporate structure has to be end game for globalization (ie jurisdiction); was noted this had been discussed before; Janis Karklins referred to Report for President Strategy Committee;

- Accountability is complex and stretches beyond current IANA DEBATE;

- ICANN with specific responsibilities with respect to IP addresses, protocol parameters and domain names; had to work on ground to facilitate the local DNS sector;

- Need for metrics for globalization; referencing back to core DNS business (ie affect it has on ground);

- Point that globalization is of Community as well as staff / Board

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

In Conclusion

1. The Workshop showed that considerable developments had, and were, taking place at ICANN;
2. That the process was complex and very much depended on the successful transition of the US/NTIA responsibilities with respect to IANA functions;
3. That metrics were needed to track ICANN globalisation in terms of affect it had on DNS sector;

In terms of "Follow-up" was though by some that we needed to return to this theme in future years to see what progress had been made.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop


Estimation of the overall number of women present at the workshop

about half of the participants were women

Extent to that the workshop discuss gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

it was not seen as related to the workshop’s theme and was not raised

A brief summary of the discussions in case that the workshop addressed issues related to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

No information provided

Reported by

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Workshop transcript


Youtube video



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