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Join ICANN’s Virtual Discussion on Internet-Related Legislation in Canada

10 January 2022

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce a briefing and interactive discussion on proposed Canadian online harms legislation. This virtual event is an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about the proposed legislation and its impact on the Internet from a technical perspective.

Canada is an advocate for an open Internet within intergovernmental organizations and forums such as the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum. Its proposed legislation is similar to recent initiatives in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, among other nations. The intent of these bills is to address harmful content posted online, including hate speech, terrorist content, child sexual exploitation, and the nonconsensual sharing of intimate images. The Canadian government held an open consultation from 27 July to 25 September 2021 to gain insights into its proposed approach to dealing with these issues.

In keeping with ICANN's efforts to make the community aware of policies, bills, and regulations that may have an impact on a single, stable, and interoperable Internet, ICANN is partnering with the Internet Society to present this virtual event.

During the session, the potential impacts of the legislation on Internet Service Providers and contracted parties (registries and registrars) will be addressed. We will also discuss how the means to implement such proposed legislation may affect the Internet's infrastructure, including the Domain Name System.

To RSVP and receive details on the Zoom session, please visit: https://icann.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpdeGvrjoiH9WKSL5X-8TY4L8eLh4qvjpQ.

Virtual Discussion Zoom Session

Title: Internet-Related Legislation in Canada

When: Wednesday 26 January 2022, 14:00 EST/19.00 UTC

French interpretation will be provided.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must 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 nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.