ICANN Globalization and the Affirmation of Commitments

3 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

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

Workshop #185 "ICANN Globalization and the Affirmation of Commitments” was held on Wednesday the 3rd of September in the morning. Over 120 people attended and the discussion was lively and focused. The panelists explored the implications for the future of the AoC of ICANN’s globalization efforts. Fiona Alexander of the US NTIA and Paul Levins (formerly of ICANN) described the Affirmation’s development and noted that while it is formally a bilateral agreement the commitments it entails are to the entire multistakeholder community. Vint Cerf of Google advocated creating a “web of affirmations” with other governments and nongovernmental participants in ICANN. Amb. Benedicto Fonseca of Brazil and Anriette Esterhuysen of the Association of Progressive Communications emphasized the need for external accountability to the wider population of internet users, beyond the ICANN community.

The debate that followed was lively. Some audience members and panelists supported the idea of ICANN entering into a “web of affirmations,” others suggested a simple sign-on to a standard document, and still others that relevant portions simply be incorporated into the ICANN bylaws.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

There was agreement that this workshop constituted just the beginning of a much needed discussion, and that there is a pressing need to continue to assess the Affirmations of Committements’ future in a globalized institutional environment which includes not only governments but also nongovernmental actors and goes beyond the ICANN community.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop

120

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

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