Indian Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Reaffirms Support of Multistakeholder Model at ICANN’s 57th Public Meeting

Hyderabad, India - India’s Minister of Law & Justice and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated India’s commitment to the multistakeholder model during the Opening Ceremony of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN’s) 57th Public Meeting today.

The meeting, also known as ICANN57, is taking place in Hyderabad, India, from 3 – 9 November and has convened thousands of the global Internet community members (both on-site and remotely) to discuss and develop policies related to the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). It is hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), with support from the Government of Telangana.

“India has supported the multistakeholder model of Internet governance and we are happy to note that the IANA stewardship transition has taken place. The Internet is a great equalizer and helps to connect all. It is now time to look ahead, to build the Internet of the future with the participation of all stakeholders,” said Prasad.

To expand India’s participation in the multistakeholder model, ICANN will work with India’s stakeholders, including the Government of India, to develop a structured framework focusing on fostering the development of the DNS industry in India. The framework will concentrate on capacity building for India’s stakeholders, gearing them up for active participation in ICANN and the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.

“With the IANA stewardship transition behind us, our top priority now is to focus on our revised mission and new bylaws, and working together with the empowered community. Expanding our outreach is key to our mission. In this context, we are keen to further deepen our ongoing engagement in India. As the second largest group of Internet users globally, we welcome India’s voice and participation,” said Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO.

India currently leads the world with seven internationalized country code top-level domains delegated and eight more have successfully passed evaluation. There is also a Neo-Brahmi script panel in place that is defining the rules for the nine scripts used in India for evaluating future top-level domain applications work. This will serve communities using these scripts globally, paving the way for a multilingual and more inclusive Internet.

ICANN57 is the first post-IANA stewardship transition public meeting and also the first Annual General Meeting under the new Meetings Strategy.

ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker added, “The world is watching closely to see how a post-transition ICANN community handles its new found role. And much of that focus will be on those of you who are involved in enhancing ICANN’s accountability and transparency.”

ICANN also announced 12 winners of the 2016 Leadership award. The ICANN Leadership award is given annually at the General Meeting to outstanding member(s) of the ICANN community who over time have demonstrated a commitment to protecting and promoting the multistakeholder model. The winners this year all played important leading roles during the IANA Stewardship Transition:

  • IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) – Alissa Cooper, Chair; Mohamed EL Bashir, Vice Chair; Patrik Fältström, Vice Chair
  • Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG – Accountability) – Mathieu Weill, León Sánchez, Thomas Rickert, Co-Chairs
  • Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions (CWG) – Lise Fuhr, Jonathan Robinson, Co-Chairs
  • Consolidated Regional Internet Registries IANA Stewardship Proposal Team (CRISP Team) - Izumi Okutani, Chair; Nurani Nimpuno, Vice Chair
  • IANAPLAN Working Group (IANAPLAN WG) - Marc Blanchet, Leslie Daigle, Co-Chairs

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.

To learn more about ICANN57 in Hyderabad, including remote participation, please visit: https://meetings.icann.org/en/hyderabad57

To download high-resolution photos of the meeting, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icann

Media Contacts

Liana Teo
Head of Communications, APAC
Singapore
Tel: +65 9796 5500
Email: liana.teo@icann.org

Fiona Aw
Global Communications Coordinator
Singapore
Tel: +65 9113 6621
Email: fiona.aw@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, visit icann.org.

Inaugural Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy Grooms Young Leaders

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Seoul, South Korea… 62 youths from 14 Asia Pacific (APAC) economies are being groomed as future leaders as they attend the inaugural Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy. Held at Yonsei University in Seoul, the five-day workshop on Internet governance and Internet-related topics was officially launched by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today.

The Academy aims to improve participants' understanding of how the Internet works, the "bottom-up consensus building" model of Internet governance, which has helped shape the Internet as we know it today, and how they can take part in shaping the evolution of the Internet for the next generation.

"The Internet is not controlled by any single person, organization, or government. For the Internet to develop and cater to the needs of our region – of which half of the world's Internet users reside – we need to get involved in the various platforms that discuss, develop and evolve the Internet," said Jia-Rong Low, Vice President and Managing Director of ICANN's Asia Pacific Hub.

"I would like to thank KISA and Korea for their partnership and leadership during the development and launch of this program. The next billion Internet users will likely come from our region, and today's students are the leaders of tomorrow. We hope that after this academy, they can participate in ICANN, and other relevant platforms, to shape the future of the Internet," Low added.

The Academy will introduce participants to various Internet governance platforms, such as the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), as well as organizations involved in Internet governance work. Speakers from these organizations, such as the Korea Internet Governance Alliance (KIGA), Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) and Internet Society (ISOC), will share their experiences and work.

Yoonhong Cho, Vice President of KISA added, "I am very delighted to see the KISA-ICANN joint project on capacity building for the Asia Pacific region bear such fruitful results, in the form of APIGA. In partnering with ICANN and with the strong support and significant contribution from our 11 sponsor organizations, I believe that the inaugural Asia Pacific event will be fully utilized as an incubating platform for the next generation of global leaders for the future Internet."

ICANN and KISA received more than 120 applications from all over the APAC region. Successful applicants are required to attend 25 hours of online learning prior to the five-day workshop in Seoul. After the Academy, they will be invited to participate in regional and global Internet governance events, such as the 57th ICANN public meeting, which is being held in Hyderabad, India, from 3-9 November 2016.

The academy is also an extension of ICANN's youth engagement program, which aims to reach out to the next generation and groom future leaders. Another program is NextGen@ICANN, which is held on the sidelines of ICANN Public Meetings.

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For more information on APIGA, please visit here.

For photos on APIGA, please visit here.

For more information on NextGen@ICANN, please visit here.

Media Contacts

ICANN

Liana Teo
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Mobile: +65 9796 5500
Email: liana.teo@icann.org

Fiona Aw
Global Communications Coordinator
Tel: +65 6816 1264
Mobile: +65 9113 6621
Email: fiona.aw@icann.org

KISA

Minjung Park
General Researcher
Tel: +82 2 405 6623
Mobile: +82 10 2774 3213
Email: parkmj@kisa.or.kr, flisha@gmail.com

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to 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. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

About KISA

KISA is a government agency dedicated to promoting Internet and information security and contributing to Korea's Global Competitiveness. KISA has set 'Internet Promotion' for the future and 'Information Security' for our safety as its primary tasks, and is focusing on enhancing the information security capacity of Korea's ICT industry while expanding global cooperative partnerships based on the K-ICT Security Development Strategy, in order that these twin pillars may serve as the core competencies of the future Korea in equal and harmonious measure. KISA, founded in 2009 through a merger of three separate organizations, is dedicated to developing Korea's Internet industry and information security capabilities. As an Internet and security promotion agency armed with global competitiveness, KISA will maintain its commitment to creating a safe and happy Internet world.