Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is commemorating the ten-year anniversary of opening a regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Ten years ago, ICANN launched an international office strategy that spanned the globe from Africa to Latin America and the Caribbean, from the Middle East to the Asia Pacific. Today, ICANN has offices in all these regions and is involved in hundreds of technical engagement and capacity development activities around the world.
In 2013, I was happy to announce the opening of the ICANN office at the Casa de Internet de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, during the LACNIC19 meeting held in Medellin, Colombia. The regional office, which at the time was only the second of its kind, shares the building with the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry (LACNIC), as well as many other Internet organizations in the region.
La Casa de Internet is a unique venue. There is no other place in the world with this level of synergy between different organizations of the Internet ecosystem.
When ICANN opened the Latin American and Caribbean office, the regional team was composed of three staff members. Today, 10 people report into the regional office. ICANN has consolidated its presence in the LAC region with continued and enhanced coordination and collaboration with the regional technical community situated at La Casa de Internet and with staff from different ICANN functions, including Global Stakeholder Engagement, Policy Development Support, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and Communications and Language Services.
Cheers to us! Here's to many more years of collaborative work in Latin America and the Caribbean to support a single, open, and globally interoperable Internet.