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Next steps in enhancing ICANN accountability

Next steps in enhancing ICANN accountability
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 - 16:00 to 19:00
London, England
ICANN Speaking Events

Next steps in enhancing ICANN accountability

Date: 21 March, 16:00 - 19:00
Location: One Birdcage Walk (Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ
Hosts: Oxford Internet Institute and ICANN

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and ICANN invite you to an open discussion about the development and implementation of recommendations to enhance ICANN's accountability to the global Internet community.

ICANN is a global multistakeholder organization that manages Internet resources for the public benefit. In particular, ICANN coordinates the top-level of the Internet's system of unique identifiers - the Domain Name System - via global, multistakeholder, bottom-up consensus policy processes.

Recommendations to enhance ICANN accountability have been developed by the ICANN community, including civil society and academic actors, as part of the effort to transition the stewardship of the core IANA functions, which are administered by ICANN, from the US Government to the global multistakeholder Internet community. At the ICANN meeting in Marrakesh, 4-10 March, the Board accepted these community recommendations and will transmit them to the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). See

The OII/ICANN meeting will discuss the next steps in the implementation of the transition recommendations, particularly those about enhancing ICANN's accountability. The implementation phase is an important opportunity for experts in particular from academia and from civil society to bring their knowledge and experience to the process. For example, the accountability proposals will include bringing a commitment to human rights into ICANN's bylaws, work on transparency mechanisms (inspection rights, document disclosure, Board decisions), further enhancements to accountability of ICANN staff, Board, supporting organizations and advisory committees, and more. These and other issues will help shape an enhanced version of ICANN that is even more accountable and responsive to the global Internet community.

Speakers / key participants to include:

* Matthew Shears, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
* Mark Carvell, GAC / DCMS, UK Government
* Ian Brown, OII
* Emily Taylor, Chatham House
* Maria Farrell, InterConnect Communications
* Jean-Jacques Sahel, ICANN

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Event Type: 
Internet Governance
Civil Society
NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition