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The Three Pillars of ICANN’s Technical Engagement Strategy

ICANN’s technical engagement team was established two years ago. Since then, we have made a great deal of progress in better engaging with our peers throughout the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition proposal process and currently during the implementation phase. Over the past few months, the Office of the CTO has been reinforced with a dedicated research team composed of experienced Internet technologists. These experts are working hard to raise the level of ICANN engagement on Internet identifiers technology usage measurement, its evolution, and are collecting and sharing data that can further support the community in its policy development processes. They are also focusing on helping to build bridges with other relevant technical partners.

Our overall strategy for technical engagement is based on three pillars:

  • Continue building trust with our technical partners and peers within the ecosystem.
  • Expand our participation in relevant forums and events where we can further raise awareness about ICANN’s mission, while encouraging more diversity in participation in our community policy development processes.
  • Continue contributing ICANN’s positions on technical topics discussed outside our regular forums, but ones affecting our mission, keeping the focus on our shared responsibilities and effective coordination.

We can highlight in this blog some ongoing activities toward each goal:

Expanding Participation in Technical Forums

To continue building a sustainable relationship with our peers, we have increased, in number and in quality, our participation and contribution to various technical forums led by our partner organizations, including:

  • Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • Regional Internet Registries (RIRs): African Network Information Center (AFRINIC), Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) and Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)
  • Regional country code top-level domain organizations: African TLD Organization (AFTLD), Council of European National TLD Registries (CENTR), Asia Pacific TLD Organization (APTLD), Latin American and Carribean TLD Organization (LACTLD)
  • And many others …

Encouraging Diversity of Participants

As a community, we face the challenge of strengthening the bottom-up, multistakeholder policy development process, while at the same time ensuring that participation becomes more diverse. Looking beyond regional and gender diversity, we must also achieve technical diversity. For example, when we work on domain name policies that affect online services, how do we ensure that we have Internet service operators, application developers and software designers around the table to give their operational perspectives? And as mobile technology becomes an increasingly prevalent way of consuming Internet services, and mobile operators are important players in that sector, how do we ensure that they engage with and contribute to our policy development processes?

We have also seen a growing interest from the Internet services abuse mitigation community in understanding and engaging more actively in our community-led policy development processes. As a result, the output of these processes is taking their needs into consideration. Our Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) and Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) teams have worked together to provide capability-building programs dedicated to this community. We are exploring ways to cover more ground (particularly in emerging regions). Our recent participation in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Public Safety Working Group’s workshop in Nairobi has confirmed this need. A follow-up mechanism is under discussion to make sure our engagement efforts meet these needs.

Engaging in Technical Topics that Affect Our Ecosystem

Finally, within our technical scope, we have launched an Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) initiative to refine ICANN’s position on IPv6. The initiative defines actions that will ensure that, as organization, we do our part to provide online services that our community can transparently access over both IPv6 and Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). Read more about our IPv6 initiative.

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A Conversation with Community Leader Lise Fuhr

Lise Fuhr is a leader in the Internet community in Denmark. Here, she reflects on what ICANN58 means for Denmark – and what are the key issues she will focus on at the meeting.

Tell us a little about yourself and your involvement in ICANN.

I’m currently Director General at the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO), the association that includes Europe’s leading providers of telecommunication and digital services. In ICANN, ETNO is an active in the Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers (ISPCP) and the Business Constituency (BC).

I’ve had several roles in the ICANN community, as a member of the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2) and as co-chair of the Cross-Community Working Group that developed the proposal for the Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) stewardship transition. At present, I am a Board member of the ICANN affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), which is responsible for the operation of the IANA functions.

In the past, I was COO of Danish registry DIFO and DK Hostmaster, the entities responsible for the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) .dk. I have also worked for the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and for Telia Networks.

ICANN is all about the multistakeholder model. We actively seek participation from diverse cross-sections of society. From your perspective, what does the multistakeholder model of governance mean for the Denmark?

Having ICANN58 in Copenhagen will help build an even stronger awareness of the role of Internet governance and of the multistakeholder model in Denmark. Today’s Internet ecosystem is broad – most societal and industrial sectors rely on the Internet. Almost every sector needs to take part in how the Internet is governed.

What relationship do you see between ICANN and its stakeholders and how would you like to see it evolve?

ETNO has always advocated for an active role in Internet governance. For this reason, we support the multistakeholder model, embodied by ICANN and its activities. We want to support ICANN as it takes its first steps after the transition. The multistakeholder model is an opportunity to bring positive values to the global Internet community. Freedom to invest and freedom to innovate both remain crucial to a thriving and diverse Internet environment.

What issues will you be following at ICANN58?

The discussion around the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will be very important. The program should be balanced and consider both the opportunities and the risks to be addressed. In addition, the work on enhancing ICANN’s accountability will also be essential to rounding out the good work done so far with the transition. Another important issue is the debate on the migration from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). Last but not least, trust is a top priority, so it’s important to participate in the discussions around security.

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ICANN Meeting Survival Guide

Amrita Choudhury (left) and other ICANN meeting participants at ICANN55 in Marrakech.

As a three-time ICANN Fellow myself, the upcoming ICANN57 in Hyderabad, India will be the fourth ICANN Public Meeting that I’ve attended in person.

If ICANN57 is your first ICANN Meeting, I want to take this opportunity to give you a few pieces of advice:

  • First, make sure to attend the pre-ICANN webinar and the Newcomers Session. These will give you a quick crash course on key discussion topics and common acronyms used at ICANN Public Meetings.
  • Figure out what sessions you should attend by visiting the ICANN Information Booth. The staff at the booth can help you out with your queries about the meeting, especially on which sessions to attend and the location of each session.
  • Raise your questions at the ICANN Public Forum, as the ICANN Board members and community leaders will be there to answer your queries
  • And most importantly, bring a jacket and wear comfortable shoes – the rooms can get quite cold and you’ll be walking a lot!

While ICANN Meetings can be challenging to a newcomer, given the complexity of ICANN as an organization, attending and participating is a great way to learn and get involved. My first meeting experience was at ICANN41 in Singapore, where I attended as an ICANN Fellow. The meeting opened up the world of ICANN to me, and gave me an overview of the roles played by the different stakeholder groups within ICANN.

It was at my second meeting (ICANN42 in Dakar), where I also attended as an ICANN Fellow, that I got a better understanding of the common ICANN discussion topics, such as Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), the New generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) Program and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

At my third ICANN Meeting (again, as an ICANN Fellow) at ICANN55 in Marrakech, I was already an experienced ICANN community member who follows ICANN updates closely. It provided me with the opportunity to catch up with old friends, exchange perspectives with community leaders and forge new relationships.

Attending the three meetings as an ICANN Fellow was an enlightening experience. I was given the opportunity to be part of the global community, to discuss issues related to the Internet world of names and numbers. It also encouraged me to become an ICANN Ambassador, which allows me to spread awareness about ICANN and Internet governance to the different stakeholders and communities in India. And along the way, I’ve made a lot of new friends.

I am looking forward to attending ICANN57 in Hyderabad, India, which is sure to be a memorable meeting. Not only because it is in my home country, India, but also because it is the first meeting since the expiration of the contract between ICANN and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Hyderabad is also a great travel destination, with many historical and cultural sites worth visiting. So do take some time to check them out.





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I look forward to meeting you at ICANN57!

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DOCTOR IPV6: New ways of promoting IPv6 in Latin America and the Caribbean

Alejandro Acosta presenting the Doctor IPv6 project at LACNIC26/LACNOG16

During the LACNIC26/LACNOG16 in Costa Rica from 26-30 September 2016, Alejandro Acosta (R&D Coordinator at the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry – LACNIC) spoke about an interesting and innovative project to promote the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) deployment in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

I had the pleasure to sit down with Alejandro and ask him additional details about the Doctor IPv6 project.

Alejandro Acosta presenting the Doctor IPv6 project at LACNIC26/LACNOG16

Alex Dans (AD): What´s the Doctor IPv6 project?

Alejandro Acosta (AA): Doctor IPv6 aims to be an innovative program to promote IPv6 in the LACNIC’s region.The idea of the project is to have a mailbox (a regular email address) which receives questions from the community. Then the questions are answered in an audio file and delivered to the community as a Podcast. In the end, the user can download the podcast in .mp3 or .ogg formats. Also, a player is embedded in the Doctor IPv6 portal.

We also believe this project will help us become closer with the community.

AD: Who can ask questions and who is answering them?

AA: All the community is invited to ask questions, we only request the questions be related to IPv6.

More than one person answers the questions we receive. LACNIC is trying to find the right specialist to provide answers. Having said this, suppose a question is related with routing, then we try to find a routing expert, if the question is about DNS, then we try to find a DNS expert and so on. Please note that all answers are given by people who want to collaborate and willing to help.

So far all questions have been answered and we will do our best to keep it this way but it’s impossible for us to guarantee an answer for every question. This scenario is quite similar as sending a question to a mailing list, nobody has any obligation to answer any question

AD: What kind of questions do you receive?

AA: As of now, we have received 14 questions that vary from basic to advanced levels. We think we will reach about 25 questions at the end of this year. Regarding the topics, we have received questions about: security, v6 in universities, routing, implementing v6 Labs, IPv6 address plan and more.

AD: This is an original way of promoting IPv6 deployment. Does this initiative exist in other regions?

AA: So far we are not aware of this initiative in other regions. There are other famous podcasts but not necessarily related to IPv6 such as: Ask Mr. DNS Podcast and podcasts from

AD: What message would you like to share with the Latin American and Caribbean Internet community?

AA: At this time there is about 50-55% Internet penetration in LAC. The right way to reach the other 45-50% is to do it with IPv6. Internet service providers that do not implement IPv6 are in danger of losing customers. Countries that do not implement IPv6 are in risk of getting isolated.


Alejandro’s presentation is available in Spanish, here.

Visit LACNIC’s LAB website for more information.

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Growing the Internet with IPv6

By Kim Kelly

Whole Internet

By Kim Kelly, Communications Writer, ARIN

It’s 2016, and imagining a world without Internet is pretty much impossible for most of us. Along the way to “how did we ever exist without this,” the Internet has grown in ways we could have never anticipated. It’s grown in terms of users, connected devices, and even how we connect to the Internet: via Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) or the more expansive Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

The Internet now reaches into the everyday aspects of our lives beyond just sitting down at a computer. We now have “the Internet of Things (IoT),” which is the network of physical, tangible objects that have the ability to connect to the Internet to collect and exchange information. This means your coffee pot, wristwatch, or even the lights in your house can become a part of one large, interconnected network. But the transformative effects of the IoT will never be felt as long as device manufacturers, web content developers, and consumer technology interests still rely solely on IPv4.

Lucky for us, some industry leaders are paving the way for across-the-board IPv6 adoption. Check out the infographic below to see how the Internet has grown and how several major companies are leading us into a brighter IPv6-enabled future.

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