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Broad Multistakeholder Participation As IGF2014 Wraps in Istanbul | International Convention and Exhibition Center, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2-5 2014

Fadi Chehadé speaking at the 9th Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey | 2 - 5 September 2014 | Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance

ICANN participated in this year's 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The overarching theme of the Istanbul meeting was: Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance. This year's meeting built on previous IGFs and furthered the dialogue on Internet governance and emerging Internet issues. It also built on the success of NETmundial and promoted its outcomes. ICANN believes that the IGF plays an effective role in fostering global multistakeholder cooperation in Internet governance and strongly supports its continuation beyond its 2015 mandate.

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SEPT. 5, 2014 – The Road to IGF 2014 [PDF, 336 KB]

Key IGF 2014 statistics

• 2,374 onsite participants • 1163 remote participants •

Onsite Participation by Region Onsite Participation by Stakeholder Group
Africa 215 Civil Society 836
Asia Pacific 423 Government 542
Eastern Europe Host Country 153 Intergovernmental Organizations 98
Host Country 706 Private Sector 516
Latin America and the Caribbean 158 Technical Community 289
Western Europe and Others 714    

SEPT. 5, 2014 IANA Session Draws Large Crowd on Final Day of IGF

One of the most well-attended sessions of the week at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul was a joint discussion on the IANA functions stewardship transition and the parallel process reviewing ICANN's accountability, in light of the anticipated end of ICANN's current contractual relationship with the US Government to administer the IANA functions.

Members of the IANA Coordination Group, tasked with gathering proposals on how the stewardship transition should occur, pleaded for broad and early participation in the proposal process. The ICG has set a December deadline for receiving proposals. The members stressed that the best way to participate is to join ongoing discussions within the various organizations directly associated with IANA's names, numbers and protocol parameter operations.

There also was discussion on how far the process considering ICANN's accountability mechanisms should extend – narrowly to address only those issues directly related to the IANA stewardship transition or more broadly to consider ICANN's overall accountability as an organization.

Injected into the debate was the September 2015 expiration of ICANN's existing contract with the US government to administer the IANA functions, and the pressures to deliver both a stewardship transition proposal and accountability reforms, if any, to the US government by that date.

Sept. 3, 2014 – ICANN signs MoU with APNIC on L-Root Collaboration

Sept. 2, 2014 – Istanbul Becomes A New Domain Name

Sept. 1, 2014 – Internet Governance Forum Support Association Launches at IGF2014

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9th Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey | 2 - 5 September 2014 | Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance

About the IGF (from the IGF website)

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The IGF is an open forum for multistakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance aimed at promoting the multistakeholder Internet governance approach to ensure sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet. The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of the IGF in July 2006 and the first meeting was convened in October/November 2006.

ICANN Participation in Pre-IGF and Other Events (including Main Focus Sessions)

Date Time Event Title Location
1-Sept 0800-0930 BCG Breakfast (Invite Only) Hilton Bosphorus
1-Sept 0900-1800 NETmundial Session Meeting Venue
1-Sept 1400-1600 High-Level Meeting Meeting Venue
1-Sept 1830-2100 Internet Technical Community Reception Istanbul Intercontinental
4-Sept 0930-1230 Evolution of Internet Governance Ecosystem/Role of the IGF – Reaction to NETmundial + CSTD + WSIS, ITU and other fora
Meeting Venue
4-Sept 1430-1600 Best Practices Forum wrap-up Meeting Venue
5-Sept 0930-1100 IANA Functions: NTIA's Stewardship Transition and ICANN's Accountability Process Meeting Venue

ICANN Participation at Istanbul IGF Workshops and Open Forums (Meeting Venue)

Date Time Event Title
2-Sept 1100-1230 GAC Open Forum
3-Sept 0900-1030 Accountability in Multistakeholder Governance Regime ICANN
3-Sept 0900-1030 Internet Governance: Challenges, Issues and Roles
3-Sept 1100-1230 Internet Governance: a case for variable geometry?
3-Sept 1100-1230 Internet blocking: When well intentioned measures go too far
3-Sept 1100-1230 Evaluating MS Mechanisms to Address Governance Issues
3-Sept 1100-1230 ICANN Globalization and the Affirmation of Commitments
3-Sept 1430-1600 Languages on the move: Deploying multilingualism in the net
3-Sept 1430-1600 ICANN Globalization in an Evolving IG Ecosystem
4-Sept 0900-1030 Internet as an engine of growth and development
4-Sept 1100-1230 Global Public Interest of the Internet
4-Sept 1430-1600 ICANN Open Forum
4-Sept 1430-1600 Accountability challenges facing Internet governance today
4-Sept 1430-1600 Institutionalizing the "Clearing House" Function
4-Sept 1630-1800 Developing countries participation in ICANN policies: GNSO
4-Sept 1630-1800 Emerging Issues from the Arab Internet Community Perspective
5-Sept 0900-1030 Improving Internet Architecture to Drive Consumer Trust
5-Sept 0900-1030 AIGF Meeting: Future of Internet & Perspective for Africa
5-Sept 1100-1230 Aligning ICANN Policy with Privacy Rights of Internet Users

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Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."