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How to Follow ICANN’s Government Engagement IGO Observations

19 August 2020

The Government Engagement (GE) function at ICANN org is responsible for the development and implementation of a global strategy to engage with governments and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). The GE team, comprised of political issue-based subject-matter experts, also monitors and analyzes government and IGO activities to ensure that ICANN has the necessary information and tools to address geopolitical issues impacting ICANN’s mission.

In February, we launched a Government Engagement Publications page, where we will periodically share information and analysis with the community at large. These publications will explore the different political structures and processes in place, covering everything from the ongoing cyber discussions taking place in the various United Nations (UN) and IGOs’ structures, to discussions of the European political agenda.

Increasingly, governments and intergovernmental forums are considering or developing policies, legislation, and regulations that impact the Internet. The results of some of these discussions may impact ICANN's ability to develop policies, run its operations, and fulfill its mission. As governments attempt to regulate the global nature of the Internet and its content, it is becoming increasingly important for ICANN to expand our engagement surrounding potential legislative and regulatory efforts to help governments and IGOs better understand the technical underpinnings of the Internet. It is for this reason that we are tracking the various discussions and potential resolutions taking shape within these IGOs. And at the national and regional level, in addition to legislatures, we want to work with the other various functions, such as the Data Protection Agencies (DPAs), regulators, and other aspects of governments to avoid unintended consequences resulting from their regulatory or legislative activities.

ICANN has an important role to serve as a trusted source of neutral technical information. These papers help us transfer our knowledge of the discussions taking place within these organizations, that could possibly impact ICANN’s mission and its remit, to the community.

Our GE team aims to continue to support this role and our technical subject matter experts by continuously providing the necessary knowledge to help IGOs understand the actual operation of the technical underpinnings of the Internet.

List of Publications to Date:



United Nations Update: Cyber-Related Discussions

30 July 2020

European Union Update: The Digital Services Act

15 July 2020

The General Data Protection Regulation 2020 Review

7 May 2020

European Union (EU) Policy Update

3 April 2020

Brief Overview of UN Deliberations on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime

28 February 2020


Mandy Carver

Mandy Carver

SVP, Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement