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ICANN in Wuzhen, China – Fourth World Internet Conference and More

29 November 2017


In a few days, I will be visiting China for the Fourth World Internet Conference (WIC), and will also visit Chinese community members in the vicinity.

ICANN is not new to the WIC, also known as the Wuzhen Summit. Members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization have attended the last three summits. Each year, over 2000 participants have attended the summit. This is an opportunity for us to interact with different stakeholder groups to raise awareness of ICANN and the multistakeholder model.

Our approach this year is to continue engaging with multistakeholders. While the ICANN Chinese community has grown, given China’s 751 million Internet users, more participation in ICANN is needed. Furthermore, China has the second largest domain name market in the world. China’s developments in the domain industry will have an impact on the world.

Joining me this year will be Akinori Maemura, our Board member from the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and Jian-Chuan Zhang, our Head of China. Akinori and I will speak at different sessions in Wuzhen. I will speak at the “Internet Talent Development and Exchange Forum,” organized by the China Association of Science and Technology, and the Internet Society of China. I will share about ICANN’s participation model, as well as our experience in stakeholder engagement in the Internet ecosystem, particularly with the next generation.

Akinori will speak at the session “International Rules in Cyberspace: Consensus and Outlook.” This is a closed session organized by academia – China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, Wuhan University, and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. It is an opportunity for us to speak about rulemaking in the unique identifier ecosystem, where ICANN and other technical organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Regional Internet Registries – such as the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in the APAC region – have proven the multistakeholder model successful.

Finally, due to the proximity to Hangzhou, one of China's Internet centers, we plan to visit Hangzhou after WIC to meet with Chinese community members. We hope to discuss and explore collaboration opportunities for the Chinese community to be more plugged into ICANN’s work. 

I look forward to meeting you in Wuzhen.  


Sally Costerton

Sally Costerton

Sr. Advisor to President & SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement and Interim President & CEO