The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) wrapped up its latest global meeting of Internet stakeholders on November 9 in Hyderabad, India. The event attracted 3,000 registered participants from business, government, civil society and the technical community from 130 nations.USCIB Vice President Barbara Wanner helped spearhead a strong business contingent encompassing representatives of USCIB member companies and our overseas business partners.
The week-long conference was hailed by ICANN President and CEO Goran Marby as an “historical first meeting” following the transition of oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a set of core functions necessary for the running of the Internet domain name system, from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to the multi-stakeholder Internet community, with safeguards to enable active involvement by the community in processes designed to hold ICANN accountable.
USCIB’s Wanner reiterated the business community’s fundamental support for the IANA transition. “This community-developed plan will best ensure the continued stability, security, and resilience of the domain name system as well as fundamental openness of the internet, all of which will provide the necessary conditions for continued business innovation, economic growth, and societal benefits,” she said in an address to delegates.
However, according to Wanner, the week-long meetings were not dominated by transition-related celebrations. “Rather, they focused on implementing post-transition changes as well as re-energizing work on domain name policy issues – which have traditionally served as the preeminent focus of ICANN meetings,” she said.