Expanding Our Outreach
Brazil is a vast country, where engagement means traveling long distances. In 2016 we crossed the country from north to south to engage with an impressive collection of current and potential stakeholders. Our Global Stakeholder Engagement team:
- Met with members of Internet service provider (ISP) associations from Redetelesul (Foz do Iguaçu, State of Paraná), Future ISP (Olinda, State of Pernambuco) and InternetSul (Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul).
- Presented on topics of interest to Internet service and connectivity providers at 8ISP ABRINT2016 in São Paulo. (ABRINT is the conference of the Associação Brasileira de Provedores de Internet e Telecomunicaçõe.)
- Discussed participation opportunities with more than 900 computer science and engineering students who were new to ICANN and Internet governance. Visited universities in Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo.
- Participated and led discussions with local and foreign community representatives during the "Internet Governance and Freedom of Expression Seminar" in Brasilia.
- Accompanied researchers of the LAC Domain Name System (DNS) Marketplace Study [PDF, 3.7 MB] to Rio de Janiero to present the study at the RioInfo 2016 Congress.
Supporting New gTLDs
Brazil is home to 11 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, most of them actively pushing the boundaries of innovation. Together with our colleagues in the Global Domains Division, the LAC Global Stakeholder Engagement team provided support to these new gTLD registries.
We engaged with Brazil's top institutions to spread the word about ICANN's most important policy developments of 2016. We updated business leaders on brand protection and dispute resolutions, and educated law practitioners on Internet governance affairs and remote hub operations at ICANN Public Meetings.
Spreading the Word Through NextGen
In 2016, Brazil hosted the free and open Governance Primer. LAC NextGen alumni powered the event, sharing what they had learned from the ICANN community: "The activity seeks to explain Internet governance to anybody who is interested in it, regardless of their background, be they university undergraduate or senior electronic engineers"
This concept has spread across Brazil, with successful editions in São Paulo and Porto Alegre, and across the LAC region to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Some 160 participants joined the events.
Stay tuned! Soon, we'll launch our "2016 LAC Year in Review" report, which will include infographics with data showing our progress. In the meantime, take a look at recent blog posts by my colleagues Alex Dans (2016 LAC Communications Highlights) and Rodrigo Saucedo (2016 LAC Strategy Highlights).