Diversity at ICANN
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ICANN is entrusted with ensuring the stability, resiliency, and interoperability of the Internet's unique identifier systems in an open Internet, and was founded on the belief that it should reflect the diversity of the Internet community.
To live up to this responsibility, ICANN is committed to promoting greater diversity and supporting broad, inclusive participation in its processes.
This page will be updated as more information becomes available and as ICANN progresses through the implementation of the diversity recommendations in the Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) on Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) Final Report. More information about CCWG-WS2 implementation can be found here.
ICANN Community Discussions on Diversity
- Current discussions are taking place in the WS2 Community Coordination Group (CCG).
- Past community efforts on diversity were centered around the CCWG-WS2 Diversity Subgroup.
Following is a list of resources that are available to the ICANN community to assist with diversity-related activities and strategies.
Table of countries and territories, and corresponding ICANN geographic regions.
Translations and Language Services at ICANN
Language translation is essential for ICANN's global multistakeholder organization. ICANN's translations are available in the six United Nations languages – Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Russian, and Spanish – where appropriate.
ICANN Learn course on "Unconscious Bias"
This course can help community members recognize unconscious bias, assess how their own backgrounds and identities may play into decision making, and emerge with tools to better manage the negative impacts of unconscious bias. Sign up for free on ICANNLearn and enroll in the course.
Community-wide surveys on Age Diversity and Participation and Gender Diversity and Participation
The findings offer insights into perceptions of gender and age diversity in the community, potential and perceived barriers to participation, and the community's support for initiatives to enhance age and gender diversity.
ICANN Regional Plans and Reports
As part of the regional offices' efforts to implement the ICANN Strategic Plan, these plans and reports capture the geographic diversity of various engagement/partnership projects. They also demonstrate the diversity of community members who have either actively participated in ICANN's work or played a leading role in different Supporting Organizations or Advisory Committees.
ICANN's Annual Reports now include a Diversity Report. The first Diversity Report is included on pages 84 to 87 of the 2022 Annual Report and includes data about ICANN org, the ICANN Fellowship and NextGen@ICANN Programs, and ICANN Public Meetings.
Programs to Enhance Diversity at ICANN
ICANN is committed to fostering diversity of participation and has a number of programs already in place to support diverse, inclusive participation. For more information, visit the following links:
Through regional outreach, the NextGen@ICANN Program aims to provide the next generation of Internet users with insights into technical Internet governance and ICANN's multistakeholder model.
The Fellowship Program seeks to create a broader and more globally diverse base of knowledgeable constituents to build capacity within the ICANN multistakeholder model.
ICANN Pandemic Internet Access Reimbursement Program
This program aims to facilitate participation in ICANN Public Meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers community members who have limited Internet capacity financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth.
Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program
The Community Childcare Grants Program aims to facilitate the in-person participation of community members with children at ICANN meetings. This program is currently on hold and will become operational when COVID-19 related circumstances permit.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the ICANN Organization
We are global by design, inclusive by commitment.
At ICANN, we value, recognize, and celebrate the uniqueness each individual contributes to our mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. We foster an environment that is safe, inclusive, and positive, and where every voice matters.
Our team is global, diverse, and achievement-oriented. The ability to connect with and serve the ICANN community and each other is foundational to our culture. This inclusive culture is supported by tools and technology which enables active participation from all staff globally.
We support this in a number of ways including:
- Diversity & Inclusion Training
- Annual Staff Engagement Survey
- Organizational Policies
ICANN's CEO Board Report includes diversity data about ICANN org.
ICANN is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), childbirth or related medical conditions, family care status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristics protected by law.
For more information, see Careers at ICANN.