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Using All the Tools in the Toolbox for Meaningful Engagement

8 July 2020

The ICANN community’s commitment to its work during these difficult times is impressive. The COVID-19 pandemic has helped us realize that many of the tools we need are already in use, and it has pushed us to be creative with how we approach our work. As I outlined in a recent blog, we are leveraging the tools we have at our disposal to continue to effectively engage and support our community in the work that needs to be done. Today, I want to outline some of the improvements we’ve made to those tools and resources.

Explore our refreshed Engagement Calendar, which provides an overview of the scheduled events that ICANN org or Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees are hosting or participating in. We’ve enhanced the readability and made it easier to search for the kind of events that interest you. You can filter by keyword, dates, region, or event topic. Are you interested in security issues? Filtering by “Security” would give you information about ICANN’s participation in the upcoming virtual Beijing Cyber Security Conference. How about regional events? If you filter by “Latin America and Caribbean,” you will see details about LACNIC34 and LACNOG 2020, where ICANN will be presenting. We will be adding events to the Engagement Calendar on a weekly basis, so make sure to bookmark the page and refresh it to see the latest updates.

Our Global Stakeholder and Technical Engagement teams remain dedicated to our capacity development mission and continue to actively plan virtual events around the world. For example, details about July’s Africa DNS Forum are available on the Engagement Calendar. You will also see information about a Universal Acceptance event to be held as part of the LAC Talks series.

In addition to the live virtual events, we’ve increased our knowledge sharing with new technical publications from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and policy analysis publications from the Government & Intergovernmental Organizations Engagement team.

ICANN Learn has long been a valuable tool for beginners to use to increase their knowledge about the Internet ecosystem and build skills necessary to participate in Internet governance. ICANN stakeholders can find new courses like Domain Name System Fundamentals and Policy Development Fundamentals – available in all six United Nations languages. And new courses are being published, like the upcoming course on Constructive Dialogues coming soon. You can find descriptions and registration information on all the available courses at: https://learn.icann.org.

While this year has undoubtedly been full of challenges, we should also pause and recognize the substantial work that has been accomplished. You have all made this achievement possible, and we are honored to be your partners. Please make use of the available tools to help you continue contributing to the stability, resiliency, and interoperability of the Internet.


Sally Costerton

Sally Costerton

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