ICANN at Internet Governance Forum 2012

by Baher Esmat on October 31, 2012

The 7th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan 6-9 November 2012.

Since its inception, the IGF has provided a unique platform for all Internet stakeholders to engage in open and constructive discussions around Internet policy issues. Not only has the IGF succeeded in building and strengthening relationships between the various actors, but it has also stimulated the interest of stakeholders around the world to establish national and regional editions of this international fora.

As in past IGF meetings, ICANN is participating in the forthcoming meeting in Baku with a delegation including the President and CEO, the Chairman of the Board, and other senior executives and Board Directors. ICANN is organizing an Open Forum session, and two workshops. The Open Forum is an opportunity for ICANN leadership team and Board to engage in open dialogue with IGF participants on issues pertaining to ICANN mandate. This IGF meeting is the first for ICANN President and CEO, Fadi Chehade, who will have the chance at the Open Forum to shed some light on what he called “the new season at ICANN” as revealed in his opening address at the ICANN Toronto meeting. The two ICANN workshops at the IGF are on DNSSEC and new gTLDs, and are co-organized with Packet Clearing House and UNESCO respectively.

The details of ICANN sessions are as follows:

DNSSEC For ccTLDs: Securing National Domains
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
16:30 – 18:00
Conference Room #3

The Multistakeholder Model and the Evolving gTLD Space
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
16:30 – 18:00
Conference Room #4

ICANN Open Forum
Thursday, 8 November 2012
16:30 – 18:00
Conference Room #8

In addition, ICANN community members will also be organizing a number of workshops. Here is a sample of several:

New gTLD Program: An Opportunity for Development or a Means for More Digital Divide?
Organizer: ICANN African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO)
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
09:00 – 10:30
Conference Room #8

Why is the participation of the social sector in the Internet Governance important for everybody?
Organizer: Not-for-Profit Organizational Concerns Constituency (NPOC)
Friday, 9 November 2012
09:00 – 10:30
Conference Room #8

• New gTLDs: Implications and Potential for Community Engagement, Advocacy and Development
Organizer: ICANN Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO)
Friday, 9 November 2012
11:00 – 12:30
Conference Room #8

For all IGF sessions, remote participation will be available through the website: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/.

We look forward for yet another round of rich discussions at IGF 2012 next week in Baku.

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