ICANN.- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

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The purpose of the open forum is to explain and review the unique identifier system, how ICANN administers it through a voluntary and multi-stakeholder process, and how that system fits within a complex eco-system of interdependent and inter-related organizations and roles that constitute the administration of some of the critical resources of the Internet itself.


The open forum will provide background information and will help to facilitate a more complete understanding of the complex inter-relationships and interdependencies in the technical coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers.

Given increased interest and some workshops on the topic of critical Internet resources and the administration of those resources, the open forum would undoubtedly be beneficial to understand the coordinative role that ICANN plays and its position within the administration of critical Internet resources. And also to inform about how that role has changed over time, and continues to change.


ICANN will be organizing the open forum, drawing from its own broad constituency base in order to provide a multi-stakeholder perspective of the organization and its role. Representatives from a diverse range of stakeholder groups will participate in the forum, with attention given to ensuring individuals also come from different regions. This will include but will not be limited to: those running country-code and generic top-level domains, governments, Internet service providers, Internet end-users, and technical experts.


Panelists will include:

• Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN Chair
• Paul Twomey, ICANN CEO/President
• Bill Graham (Industry Canada), from the Governmental Advisory Committee
• Emily Taylor (Nominet, UK), from the Country Code Name Supporting Organization
• Avri Doria, from the Generic Names Supporting Organization
• Didier Kasole, from the African Regional At-Large Organization
• Jacqueline Morris, from the At-Large Advisory Committee
• Ray Plzak, from the Address Supporting Organization


1. Presentations. Each panelist, 3-5 minutes. (35 mins).
2. Open forum --Q&A. (25 mins).