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Date 2017/03/26
Time 19:00
Location TI
Type Other
Contact Julf

As most of us (hopefully) know, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the organisation that is responsible for developing domain name policy as well as managing the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) functionality (IP address & AS number allocation and root zone management).

ICANN is a very interesting approach to Internet governance - the oft-repeated buzzword is "multistakeholder", which means that a community of volunteers from commercial companies, network operators, non-profit and non-governmental organisations etc., not governments (or government-based organisations such as the UN, EU or ITU) are in the driving seat on policy.

At the same time, ICANN has a long history and a very complicated structure of "constituencies", "supporting organisations" and "advisory committees", and loves acronyms.

Tapani Tarvainen, the current chair of the ICANN NCSG (Non Commercial Stakeholder Group) and Julf Helsingius, ICANN GNSO NCA NCPH (Nominating Committee Appointee to the Generic Names Supporting Organisation Council for the Non-Contracted Parties House) will give an overview of the ICANN organisation and functions, and try to answer questions on the ICANN work (and ways to participate).