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IBSA summary of Internet Governance meeting

IBSA Multi-stakeholder meeting on Global Internet Governance

September 1- 2, 2011 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


ICANN CEO Economist ad

The following job advert was placed in the Economist on 7 January 2012 looking for a new CEO for ICANN after the Board decided not to renew its current CEO's contract, ending in July 2012.

President and Chief Executive Officer

ICANN is looking for a public interest-minded leader with a combination of financial management, diplomatic and organizational skills. He/she will report to, serve as a Member of, and work closely with the Board of Directors.

ICANN's global public interest mission is to promote the stability and security of the Internet through coordination of its naming and addressing systems. It is a global organization with over 130 staff working in offices in the United States, Belgium and Australia, or living and working across 10 other countries. Most employees work at the principal offices of the organization in Los Angeles, California.

ICANN CEO letter to Washington Post over anti-gTLD editorial

The following letter was sent by ICANN's CEO Rod Beckstrom and published in the Washington Post on Saturday 17 December. It came in response to a highly critical editorial in the newspaper on Monday 12 December which called for the new gTLD program to be delayed and accused ICANN of being accountable to no one.

Plenty of .protections for the Web domain expansion

When I saw the Dec. 12 editorial “What’s the .rush?” I had to ask, “What .rush?”

The program of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to open the Internet to new top-level domain names (TLDs) has been anything but rushed. It took more than six years of thoughtful discussion, debate and study involving governments and intellectual property experts from around the globe. About 60 technical papers and independent reports, plus analysis of 2,400 comments, informed seven versions of carefully crafted rules that will govern the award of a new TLD.

ICANN Chair's organizational new year message

The following message was sent by ICANN's Chair to its Board, staff and the chairs of the organization's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees at the start of 2012.

I write to bring you a brief greeting going into 2012. I won't attempt to cover the full set of accomplishments for the past year nor the full set of challenges and goals for this new year, but I do want to note just a few.

ICANN editorial in USA Today on new gTLDs

The following editorial by ICANN was published alongside a counterpoint article by the USA Today editorial board on the new gTLD process on 1 February 2012. Read on the USA Today website.

We're improving Internet domain space

If Internet users understand only one thing about the new domain-name program, it should be this: It will create space on the Internet that is more secure than what exists today.

A broad cross-section of technical, legal and business experts have spent more than six years planning how to protect Internet users. Operators of these new "generic top-level domains" must complete the most rigorous application process the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has ever required.

Applicants will undergo criminal background checks, financial evaluations and challenging technical assessments. More than 300 pages of rules govern the application process.

ICANN letter to EC re: vertical integration

The following letter was sent by ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom to EC Commissioner Neelie Kroes on the second day of the ICANN meeting in Dakar in October 2011. A physical copy provided to the EC's representative on the ground, just prior to the start of the Board-GAC meeting.

The letter came in response to an EC letter sent to ICANN just prior to the ICANN meeting in Singapore in June. It argued that ICANN had not done sufficient analysis to end the market separation rules between registries and registrars.

25 October 2011

Commissioner Neelie Kroes
Vice President of the European Commission
Rue de La Loi 200
B-I049 Brussels,

Dear Commissioner Kroes,

ICANN pre-Singapore policy call details

ICANN is holding a policy call on 8 June and 9 June prior to its meeting in Singapore later this month.

IGF Advisory Group (MAG) summary and transcript

>>Chengetai Masango: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We'll start the afternoon session now. If we can all sit down. Thank you.

>>Elmir Valizada: Ladies and gentlemen, we will start our afternoon session. According to our agenda, we will discuss the main theme and subthemes of our forum. Please have some suggestions and comments on these items.

Okay. I -- according to our procedure, I invite observers to comment, and after -- please.

>>Thank you, Mr. Chair. My name is Bertrand de La Chapelle. I’m on the ICANN Board but I’m also here connected with the International Diplomatic Academy.

I would actually like to make a comment that connects the session this afternoon with the discussion we had this morning.

IGF Executive Coordinator Job

The following description and application for the crucial role of Executive Coordinator for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was

IGF improvements final working group report

This is the final report of the CSTD working group on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum. It was published in April 2012, having been approved in March 2012, and following three meetings in October 2011, January 2011 and February 2012


General Assembly Economic and Social Council

General Assembly

Sixty-seventh session
Item 18 of the preliminary list*
Information and communication technologies for development

Economic and Social Council

Substantive session of 2012
New York
Item 13(b) of the provisional agenda**
Economic and environmental questions: Science and technology for development

Report of the Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum

Executive summary

This report has been prepared by the Chair on behalf of the Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum in response to the requests by the Economic and Social Council in its resolution 2010/2 and by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/65/141.