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ICANN Strategy Panels Launched

Strategy Panels Unveiled at ICANN 47 in Durban

During today's opening ceremony of ICANN 47 in Durban, South Africa, President and CEO Fadi Chehadé announced the creation of five new ICANN Strategy Panels that will serve as an integral part of a framework for cross-community dialogue on strategic matters. The ICANN Strategy Panels will convene subject matter experts, thought leaders and industry practitioners to support development of ICANN's strategic and operational plans, in coordination with many other global players, and will be comprised of up to seven members including the chair for an anticipated one-year timeframe.

Designed to conduct work in critical strategic areas identified by the community [PDF, 209 KB], Board and staff, the ICANN Strategy Panels will build on public input being generated to inform a new, overarching vision and five-year strategic plan, and subsequent operating plan, for the organization. Advisory in nature, the ICANN Strategy Panels will report to Chehadé; will operate in a manner consistent with ICANN's commitment to transparency and accountability; and will channel all views, guidance and advice produced into the standard community and Board processes that guide ICANN's activities.

In its fourteen-year history, ICANN has grown to reflect a changing landscape of continued innovation, interconnectedness, and unprecedented growth in the DNS ecosystem, one that transcends groups and borders to serve the public interest. Yet, the Internet is at a critical inflection point as billions of new people are expected to join the global network in the next few years and as the nature of its usage matures dramatically. With this in mind, the ICANN Strategy Panels are expected to help catalyze transformation and advance ICANN's role in the context of a dynamic, increasingly complex global environment.

Schedules and Operations

The ICANN Strategy Panels will conduct their activities, starting in September 2013, primarily online and through conference calls, although face-to-face meetings are expected to take place according to the needs of each panel. The ICANN Strategy Panels will also provide public updates on their progress that will be linked to ICANN's overall strategic and operational planning activities. Dedicated ICANN executive liaisons have been assigned to and will support each of the ICANN Strategy Panels throughout the process.

Members and Objectives

The ICANN Strategy Panels will focus specifically on identifier technology innovation; ICANN's role in the Internet organizations' ecosystem; ICANN multistakeholder innovation; the public responsibility framework; and the role of ICANN in the future of Internet governance. Chairs who will lead the panels in their respective concentrations and who will guide the panels in their groundbreaking efforts have been identified; however, qualified individuals interested in serving as committee members are still being sought. Potential panel members need not originate directly from ICANN structures, but should have a deep understanding of and concern for the work being undertaken by ICANN, and an ability to think strategically, globally, and creatively about the challenges inherent in the ICANN Strategy Panels' mandate. Interested individuals should send their resume/CV to the email addresses affiliated with each of the specialty areas by 29 July 2013. Members will be selected by ICANN's President & CEO, in coordination with each ICANN Strategy Panel Chair.

Strategy Panel on Identifier Technology Innovation

Chair: Paul V. Mockapetris

Key Deliverables:

• Engage with the ICANN community and public on technology matters;

• Develop a technology roadmap for DNS and other identifiers; and

• Provide a technology roadmap for ICANN technical and security operations, including best practice recommendations and reference systems.

Strategy Panel on ICANN's Role in the Internet Organizations' Ecosystem

Key Deliverables:

• Facilitate review of the assumptions, linkages and frameworks that underlie ICANN's responsibilities in the current Internet ecosystem;

• Seek insights on ways to maintain and enhance ICANN's stewardship in an evolving ecosystem; and

• Cultivate thought leadership on ways in which ICANN can serve a complex set of Internet constituencies.

Strategy Panel on ICANN Multistakeholder Innovation

Key Deliverables:

• Examine how Internet policy related to unique identifiers might be best managed in the future;

• Propose new models for broad, inclusive engagement, consensus-based policymaking and institutional structures to support such enhanced functions; and

• Design processes, tools and platforms that enable the global ICANN community to engage in these new forms of participatory decision-making.

Strategy Panel on the Public Responsibility Framework

Chair: Nii Quaynor

Nii Quaynor

Contact: 4

Key Deliverables:

• Propose ICANN's role and five-year strategic objectives and milestones for promoting the global public interest vis-à-vis ICANN's mission and core values and for building out the base of internationally diverse, knowledgeable and engaged ICANN stakeholders, especially within the developing world;

• Propose a framework for implementation of ICANN's role, objectives and milestones for promoting the global public interest, building capacity within the ICANN community, and increasing the base of internationally diverse, knowledgeable and engaged ICANN stakeholders; and

• Provide advice on programs and initiatives that help achieve the above objectives.

Strategy Panel on the Role of ICANN in the Future of Internet Governance

Chair: TBD



Key Deliverables:

• Provide a set of guiding principles to ensure the successful evolution of ICANN's transnational multistakeholder model in cooperation with national and international bodies;

• Propose a roadmap for evolving and globalizing ICANN's role in the Internet governance ecosystem in consultation with global players; and

• In coordination with the many other global players and ICANN stakeholders, propose a framework for implementation of ICANN's role, objectives and milestones in global Internet governance.

As the ICANN Strategy Panels get underway, additional information will be available via ICANN's strategic planning portal.

1 Please note that this email address is now tied to an open mailing list. You may share your input with the panel via this avenue. Input is publicly archived.

2 Please note that this email address is now tied to an open mailing list. You may share your input with the panel via this avenue. Input is publicly archived.

3 Please note that this email address is now tied to an open mailing list. You may share your input with the panel via this avenue. Input is publicly archived.

4 Please note that this email address is now tied to an open mailing list. You may share your input with the panel via this avenue. Input is publicly archived.

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