Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance - IANA Stewardship

12 November 2015 - A Workshop on Other in João Pessoa, Brazil


The transition of Stewardship of the IANA Contract from the US to the Global Internet Community is, arguably, this year's most significant event on the IG Agenda.

This session (which will not focus on the substance of the debate of the transition proposal or of the associated Accountability measures) will provide behind the scene insights from participants in the IANA Stewardship Transition process; including:

  • How the bottom-up multistakeholder model has been used to make tough operational decisions that will affect the whole Internet
  • How the model employed; with coordination by the IANA Coordination Group (ICG) worked
  • The issues through working on Accountability measures in parallel to Transition proposal
  • How initial positions held were examined
  • How these positions evolved in the course of discussions, both online and in face-to-face meetings
  • The lessons to be learnt for other IG issues

The session will include personal insights from community members who started out with very diverse, conflicting views which reflected the views of their Community, finally moving towards consensus on the best solution for the operational stability of the Internet.

This session will demonstrate the maturity of the multistakeholder model of governance; relevant - not least - in the UNGA discussion on the WSIS+10 Review. Participants (in a roundtable format) have been drawn from across the Community. The Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance is a formal body within the ICANN Community Structure drawing membership from nearly all of the Constituency bodies.

Moderator: William Drake; International Fellow & Lecturer University of Zurich, Switzerland

Panelists include:

Olivier Crepin-Leblond
Rafik Dammak
Lynn St. Amour
Lise Fuhr
Elise Lindeberg
Alan Greenberg
Jari Arkko
Arun Mohan Sukumar
Izumi Okutana
Dr Steve Crocker

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