IGF 2019 OF #6
ICANN - DNS, Threats and Opportunities


ICANN would be delighted to host an Open Forum with a theme closely connected to the Security, Safety, Stability and Resilience of the Internet and thus linked with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 16. While this Session will allow a significant opportunity for delegates to pose any questions to the ICANN CEO and President, as well as the Chair of the ICANN Board, the main focus will be on the overall Internet environment and the threats that have emerged recently for the stability and security of the Internet. It will also address the recent initiative by ICANN to track legislation and regulation that could harm the fostering of an open, secure and single Internet; and thus allow opportunities to prevent unintended consequencies




Goran Marby; CEO and President; ICANN Theresa Swinehart, Senior Vice President, Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives

Online Moderator

Vera Major, ICANN


GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

1. Key Policy Questions and Expectations

Policy Questions: 

1. How the DNS has become a key component of the future openness, security and stability of the Internet; 

2. The threats that ICANN faces and the approach benig taken with the Community and other actors on such issues as DNS abuse and DNS Security; 

3. What are other key strategic priorities for ICANN looking forward? 

2. Summary of Issues Discussed

The Session focussd on ICANN’s 2020-2025 Strategic and Operational plans that include security, development of the DNS system, global development and improvement of the multistakeholder system, with a focus on the potential of the DNS in terms of threats and opportubnities. There was much optimism about the future of the DNS (such as grwoth in IDNs and local scipts) but also concern on the damage of DNS abuse; not least how it affects trust and confidence.  


3. Policy Recommendations or Suggestions for the Way Forward

There were no specific Recomendations as such; though an agreement on the importance of tackling DNS abuse (across multiple fronts) to enhance future confidence in development and use of DNS.  

4. Other Initiatives Addressing the Session Issues

ICANN is active in monitioring DNS abuse; we have established a project (known as Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) with details posted at https://www.icann.org/octo-ssr/daar-faqs


5. Making Progress for Tackled Issues

In terms of making progress there was a broad consensus that stskeholders had to be active on all fronts ; not least at ICANN, 

6. Estimated Participation

There were around 20 on-line particpants and about 200 in room. 

7. Reflection to Gender Issues

There were no specific gender issues rasied.  ICANN encourages a diverse gender balanced stakeholder particpation