ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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  • bottom-up process

    A consultative style of decision-making that provides an opportunity for open and equal participation at all levels. At ICANN, policy recommendations flow up from the stakeholder level, which includes directly affected parties, Internet users, businesses, and anyone else who would like to participate, to the ICANN Board.