We are pleased to announce that ICANN's Technical Engagement team (OCTO-TE) from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) in collaboration with the Latin America and Caribbean Stakeholder Engagement team (LAC GSE) completed 41 capacity building sessions open to the entire region – with participants from over 45 countries and territories – for the year 2021. Over 3,000 people participated in these events. This included workshops, training sessions, webinars, tutorials, and speeches on topics such as the Domain Name System (DNS), Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), Universal Acceptance (UA), Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), and WHOIS, among others.
Our teams work hard to reach as many people and organizations across the LAC region as possible. Specific sessions involved participation from the Caribbean and Latin American countries Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and many others. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic these sessions were offered online to give access to as many people as possible. This required the technical know-how and cooperation of many people and organizations to make this happen.
We would like to thank some of the organizations we partnered with for their support and help this year:
- The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC), the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the LAC Network Operators Group (LACNOG), and the Caribbean Network Operations Group (CaribNOG)
- The Latin American and Caribbean Association of ccTLDs (LACTLD)
- The Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization (LACRALO)
- The Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC BR)
- The National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES)
- South School on Internet Governance (SSIG)
- The Argentine School of Internet Governance (La Escuela Argentina de Gobernanza de Internet) (ARGENSIG)
- The Center for Advanced Studies in Broadband for Development (CEABAD)
- The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission or Comisión Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL) of the Organization of American States (OAS)
- The Bolivia Chapter of Internet Society (ISOC BO)
- The Bolivian National Telecommunication Company (ENTEL)
- Many Internet-related organizations based in El Salvador
- The Argentine Internet Chamber (CABASE)
- The Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
The OCTO-TE team reviewed a great deal of innovation to offer a meaningful and engaging learning experience while delivering training online. An entire array of cloud computers and containers were configured and dedicated to offering web-based terminal access to Linux virtual machines. Students could access industry grade servers for hands-on training by simply clicking on a link provided by the instructor. We believe this technical achievement significantly improved the way students learned and improved their skills. If you want to know more about this technical setup, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about our efforts and their goals, we invite you to read the Latin American Regional Strategy Plan for FY2021-2025. The work of the ICANN OCTO-TE and LAC GSE teams align with ICANN's framework of regional strategies and its regional plan. The plan and its goals are set by you, developed through ICANN's multistakeholder model and its many volunteers and stakeholders. In turn, our efforts are about building meaningful participation in the ICANN processes. The more people involved, the better the goals and strategies – ultimately, the Internet becomes more accessible and inclusive to all in the LAC region. Thank you again for your support this year. We look forward to working with you next year.