ICANN Releases Findings from a Community-Wide Survey on Gender Diversity and Participation

12 October 2017

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LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the detailed report containing data and analysis from the recent Gender Diversity and Participation Survey. The survey was open to the ICANN community from 9 June – 8 July 2017. A total of 584 individuals participated in the survey.

The survey report provides a question-by-question analysis of the survey data and gives proposed data-driven recommendations for the community to consider. The findings offer insights into current perceptions of gender diversity in the community, potential and perceived barriers to participation, and the community's support for initiatives to enhance gender diversity.

You can find the report and a one-page visual overview here: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/gender-diversity-participation-survey-report-2017-10-11-en

The report and the visual overview are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The ICANN organization is committed to promoting greater diversity and supporting broad, inclusive participation. Next steps on the topic of gender diversity are up to the ICANN community. This report provides useful data and findings to guide these discussions.

Please email any feedback or questions to gendersurvey@icann.org.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.