Global Internet Stakeholders Convene in Abu Dhabi for ICANN60

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 30 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) kicked off its 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). From 28 October to 3 November, more than 2,500 regional and global participants are gathering for discussions about the policies regarding the Internet's system of unique identifiers. One of the key topics at ICANN60 is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The meeting is also an important forum for cross-community discussions on a number of ongoing projects in ICANN. The host of the meeting is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.

H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, spoke at the ICANN60 Opening Ceremony. Al Mansoori remarked, "The significance of this event stems from the fact that ICANN has always been the safety valve for the Internet world. With a four-billion internet penetration worldwide, we can touch the unique role of this organization in maintaining the momentum of the Internet". He added, "ICANN's functions, from registration management to dispute resolution and new top-level domains, have become so important that they cannot be missed."

Al Mansoori presented Dr. Stephen Crocker, ICANN Board Chair, with a gift in recognition of his lifelong efforts toward the development of the global Internet. Dr. Crocker, who is retiring right after ICANN60, reflected on ICANN's journey during his tenure. "My greatest source of pride when it comes to this organization is quite simply – that it works," said Crocker. "Furthermore, it works better and more inclusively than many ever thought possible. The security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System are in good hands. In the early days, it was called the 'ICANN experiment.' We don't hear that anymore, because the experiment has proven successful."

Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, named Crocker the recipient of 2017 Leadership Award in tribute to his tireless dedication to both ICANN and the wider Internet community. "Every year, the ICANN Leadership Award is given to outstanding individuals in our community who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to ICANN. It is an award for people who remain true to the community's core values, chosen by the ICANN org's Executive Team" said Marby. He added, "This year, there is no other choice, and I think you all will agree."

ICANN Public Meetings are held three times a year in different regions around the globe, enabling community members from around the globe to participate in person. These meetings offer sessions such as workshops, forums, and meetings on the development and implementation of policies related to the Internet's system of unique identifiers.

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Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About Dr. Stephen Crocker:

Dr. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) and laid the foundation for today's Internet.

About ICANN:

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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Global Internet Stakeholders to Meet at ICANN’s 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold its 60th Public Meeting, ICANN60, in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 28 October to 3 November. ICANN60 is hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The meeting will bring together global stakeholders from government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities and others. The sessions will enable discussions on a broad range of Internet-related topics and inform the audience on latest issues of concern to the stakeholders. The meeting will be a platform for developing policies for the Domain Name System.

At the Opening Ceremony on 30 October, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE, ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby will address the audience. They will provide a high-level overview of what is expected to take place throughout the meeting.

We encourage members of the press to join in-person or remotely via a live web stream. The details for connection are provided below.

ICANN60 will be a momentous meeting for the Internet community and the ICANN organization. It will be the last meeting for Crocker, who will be retiring from his role at the end of ICANN60. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) and laid the foundation for today's Internet. There will be several events scheduled to honor Crocker's service to the Internet community, and to welcome the new ICANN Chair of the Board.

Following the opening ceremony, Crocker and Marby will join Cherine Chalaby, Vice Chair of the ICANN Board, Akram Atallah, President of Global Domains Division, and Baher Esmat, Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement in the Middle East, for the press conference to respond to journalists' questions. They will address a wide range of topics, including Internet governance and the multistakeholder model, efforts on a multilingual Internet, and security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.

Background:

ICANN meetings are held three times a year in different regions to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies. ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and exchange of opinions among attendees dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Domain Name System.

ICANN60 is a free event open to anyone interested. All ICANN60 attendees, including journalists, are required to register either on-site or here.

For more on ICANN60, please go to icann60.abudhabi

The full schedule of ICANN60 events and meetings is available here.

Journalists who are unable to attend ICANN60 are encouraged to join us via remote participation or live web stream. The details of connection are available below.


Opening Ceremony:

WHEN: Monday, 30 October 09:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. GST (05:00 A.M. – 06:00 A.M UTC)

WHEREAbu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), (Hall 4)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the Welcome Ceremony via remote access.

Participation Links:

Adobe Connect w/ English Audio: https://participate.icann.org/abu60-hall4

Live Stream Video: https://livestream.com/icannmeeting/events/7802583


Press Conference:

WHO:

WHEN: Monday, 30 October 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. GST (06:30 A.M. – 08:00 A.M UTC)

WHERE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), (Hall B, Section A)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the press conference via remote access.

Participation Links:

Adobe Connect w/ English Audio: https://participate.icann.org/abu60-press

Live Stream Video: https://livestream.com/icannmeeting/events/7802598

  • The press conference will be held in English, but simultaneously interpreted into French and Arabic.
  • Telephone access (English) may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list https://goo.gl/nvLx4o.
    • The toll-free access number in the U.S. is +1 (719) 457-6209. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 834 210 0020.
    • The telephone feed is listen-only and cannot be used to ask questions.

An audio recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site (http://www.icann.org/en/news/press) after the event.

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About ICANN:

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit: www.icann.org

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ICANN Releases a Study on the Digital Economy in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey in the Run-Up to ICANN60

Istanbul, Turkey…The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce the release of a study on the status of the regional digital economy, titled "Accelerating the Digital Economy in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey" [PDF, 422 KB]. Commissioned by ICANN, the study identifies the dynamics of the current digital economy and recommends points of development in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT). ICANN had commissioned a similar study in 2014 with the same aim in a global context: "Greasing the Wheels of the Digital Economy" [PDF, 983 KB].

This study serves as part of ICANN's efforts to foster engagement between ICANN and the broader Internet community, and to help build a strong and competitive domain name industry in the region. The study focuses on 410 million people living in 15 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the UAE. It tackles issues such as social media usage, content in local language, Internet connectivity, Internet start-ups, e-friction and legislations in the Internet sphere.

"ICANN commissioned the study to investigate the current status of the digital economy in the MENAT region and to outline the opportunities of growth in various areas, including the domain name market, that can help us make better use of the digital potential in the region," said Baher Esmat, ICANN's VP of Global Stakeholder Engagement in the Middle East. He further added "We believe the recommendations that derive from this study provide a guide for policy makers and businesses to nurture digital transformation in the region."

The findings of the study indicate that there is a need for governments to lead by supporting long-term efforts in four areas:

  • Provision of ubiquitous, affordable connectivity
  • Availability of relevant content
  • Building of digital capabilities
  • Establishment of supportive policies and practices

It concludes that in order to enhance the digital economy of MENAT, a collective effort by all stakeholders, from public to private sector, is required.

The study will be discussed in the upcoming ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Remote participants will be able to join this discussion here.

To read the study click here [PDF, 422 KB].

To read David Dean's blog on the study, click here.

For your questions and feedback, please email meac.swg@icann.org.

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About ICANN:

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit: www.icann.org

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