ICANN’s Development and Public Responsibility Work
Supporting ICANN's development and public responsibility work through specific and measurable tracks.
Stemming from community input and the recommendations of the Strategy Panel on the Public Responsibility Framework, the Development and Public Responsibility Department (DPRD) strengthens existing programs and has established new programs that respond to Community and Regional needs. These efforts are designed to strengthen the multistakeholder model by addressing participation needs.
Supporting Education and Academic Outreach
This focus aims to build a global public audience that is knowledgeable of the greater Internet ecosystem through training, panel discussions, internships, archiving, and online services.
ICANN Learn is an online learning platform designed to help the global community better understand how ICANN and the Internet work. Courses are built for various skill levels, nationalities, and languages.
In an effort to help members of the next generation of Internet users and leaders, ICANN regularly organizes in-person and online meetings for the academic community.
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Supporting Stakeholder Participation
As part of its public responsibility, ICANN has established programs to raise awareness and encourage the participation of those either new to ICANN or new to an ICANN community and in need of further learning.
The Newcomers Program provides a starting point for Newcomers to understand what ICANN is and where it fits in the Internet Governance ecosystem.
The NextGen@ICANN program’s goal is to help unlock new opportunities and understanding for members of the next generation of Internet users through regional outreach.
The Fellowship program seeks to create a broader and more globally diverse base of knowledgeable constituents to build capacity within the ICANN Multistakeholder Model.
Community Onboarding Pilot
This program has been in existence since March 2016 and utilizes community members to develop the structure, content and process needed to onboard new community members into their Supporting Organization, Advisory Committee, Stakeholder Group or Constituency. Through mentoring new community members, we have been able to identify the gaps in each group's resources and capacity development opportunities as well as understand how a permanent Onboarding program would benefit our Multistakeholder model and should be a part of each community's culture for successful engagement and retention of new participants within ICANN.
Cooperation to Strengthen the Ecosystem Around the Domain Name System
Along with other organizations, ICANN has a public responsibility to ensure that the Internet governance ecosystem is representative, transparent, and accountable, and that it evolves in such a way that promotes these three qualities.
Trust in the Internet more broadly, as well as trust in the Internet governance ecosystem must be established and nurtured by ICANN through this priority.
As an actor within the global Internet ecosystem, Internet governance needs to remain healthy so that ICANN can continue to carry out its technical role, and help ensure the stability of the DNS. Additionally ICANN recognizes that one single and frictionless Internet is important for development across the globe.