Submitted Proposals

Organization: CENTR
Title :
38. Around the world in Eight ccTLDs
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Showing the diversity of successful country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) policy models and the best practice exchanges in this context. There are more than 240 ccTLD extensions globally. Each ccTLD represents the country’s national identity on the web. A striking characteristic of ccTLDs is the variety of policies they work with. This workshop will present eight ccTLD cases from the various continents, focusing on a comparative analysis of their policy models, highlighting their challenges, weaknesses and strengths. An introduction to the role of a ccTLD registry in layman’s terms will precede an overview of 8 models which distinguish themselves for the different approach they have and the value they will add to the discussions.

A question and answer session will follow with the guidance of a moderator. The Q&A session will be based on the comparison of the 8 models and will aim to further stimulate the dialogue, educate the audience and demonstrate the importance of best practice sharing. The core message of the workshop is to show how different approaches serve different local needs.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
The speakers will be selected from the membership of the four regional ccTLD organisations (AFTLD, APTLD, CENTR and LACTLD). The selection will be made based on the characteristics that make them unique and/or illustrative of local scenarios.

In addition, at least one other international organisation and representatives from governments will be asked to share their views on the subject.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
This workshop is organised in cooperation by the 4 Regional ccTLD organisations and representation from Civil Society.

With the inclusion of speakers from civil society,  governments and the ccTLDs in the workshop programme, all stakeholders in this debate are represented.

By selecting speakers from APTLD (Asia and the Pacific region), AFTLD (AFRICA), CENTR (Europe) and LACTLD (Latin-America and Caribbean) this workshop offers a truly global perspective on the issue.

  • Jeanette Hofmann (moderator)
  • Alberto Pérez Gomez (Spain)
  • Margarita Valdés Cortés (Chile) 
  • Roelof Meijer (The Netherlands)
  • Jian Zhang (China)
  • Paulos Nyirenda (Malawi)
  • Alioune Badara Traore (Mali)
  • Olga Cavalli (Argentina)
  • Rajesh Aggarwal (India)
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
The workshop follows up the educational path we launched last year at the IGF in Rio. The presentations will confirm that each ccTLD has the best tools to address the needs and expectations of its Local Internet Community.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

- the workshop will facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the technical communities (72 d)

- it will strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, in this case ccTLD registries (72f)

- it will contribute to capacity building for internet governance in developing countries, by drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise (72h)

- it will discuss issues relating to critical internet resources (72j)

- it will build on existing structures of Internet governance, with special emphasis on the complementarity between all stakeholders involved in the process (73a)

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

We have organised a Best Practice Forum and a workshop at IGF in Rio.

We hold regularly meetings and conferences, often in cooperation with other organisations such as the European Union.


Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

Our succesful Workshop at IGF in Rio (2007) focussed on the different management models. This workshop takes the discussion a step further.

We have submitted written reports for both the workshop and the best practice forum - the latter can be found here.