Developing Countries Participation in Global Internet Governance

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


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Critical Internet Resources


There is an current trend among international IG organisations to work toward more globalisation, bringing and including more stakeholders.

As example, ICANN is increasing its efforts toward globalization and removing the perception of being an US-centric organization by establishing new offices and initiating new outreach projects. However, the main issues regarding developing countries’ participation, including all stakeholders, remain open and unresolved. These include, inter alia, incorporating developing countries’ issues into the policy development process, e.g .for the new gTLD program; under-representation of developing country applicants for gTLDs, and relatively few accredited registrars; and representation in policy development bodies like the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). Stakeholders from developing regions often struggle to voice their opinions or to be effective within ICANN. Moreover, concern about developing countries’ challenges and interests has not always been been widely shared across the private sector community.

Accordingly, this workshop will explore such questions as:
1- How do we assess the extent to which the ICANN multistakeholder model for policy development is working for developing countries, particularly with respect to the new gTLDs?
2- How can developing countries’ concerns be systematically included in policy development processes in ICANN and other IG structures?
3- How can developing country participation in the GNSO process be enhanced?
4- How can ICANN become more fully globalized and responsive to the concerns of developing countries’ governments, civil society, business and technical communities?
5- How does the ICANN experience compare with civil society participation in other Internet Governance spaces.
6- What lessons does the ICANN experience offer for developing country participation in other global governance spaces?
7- What lessons can ICANN learn from different experiences in IG structures?

NCSG is the voice of civil society and nonprofit organizations in ICANN’s domain name policy
body, the GNSO, with more than 400 organizational and individual membership. It is composed of two constituencies, Noncommercial Users Constituency and Non ­Profit Operational Constituencies

1- Setting the scene : explaining context and objectives (10min)
2- Panelists' presentations: going through the questions above (25min)
3- Q/A session with the audience (40min)
4- Wrap-up: recommendations & actions (15min)

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Media Change and Innovation Division, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich; Switzerland , Academia
Non-commercial Users Constituency, Global, Civil Society
Non-for-Profit Operational Concerns, Global, Civil Society
ICANN, USA, Turkey, Singapore, Technical Community

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#development #diversity #icann #policy #globalization

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

William Drake, Civil society, Non-commercial Users Constituency, Confirmed
Olga Cavalli, Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Confirmed
Rudi Vansnick, Civil Society, Non-for-Profit Operational Concerns, Confirmed
Baher Esmat, Technical community, ICANN, Confirmed
Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, Accessnow, Civil Society, Confirmed
Izumi Okutani, Technical community, JPNIC, Confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

rafik dammak

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Vladimir Radunovic

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The moderator will set the scene and introduce the topic to the audience. Each panelist will have 5 minutes to explain her point of view regarding the topic (no powerpoint or only one slide allowed), then in the next round each panelist will pick workshop questions to respond . We will allocate more time for Q/A session for the audience (around 70 minutes)

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

No information provided

Background paper

background paper

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