ICANN Expands Engagement in the Caribbean in 2016
In 2016, ICANN’s Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) team promoted the domain name system (DNS) industry across the Caribbean region. Planning started for the DNS Study in the Caribbean. We presented on the DNS industry at many local, national and regional events. Engagements took us to Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Turks and Caicos.
During the year, we started mapping the “stakeholder journey” of the Caribbean community. We identified active stakeholders and tracked their areas of engagement and their depth of involvement in ICANN.
We also worked to reduce regional gaps in ICANN constituencies. Barbados joined the Country Codes Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). Belize, Guyana and Suriname joined the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Bahamas are exploring GAC membership.
A Sampling of Events
CANTO 32, Haiti, January 2016
ICANN presented at the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Operators Annual General Meeting (CANTO 32). ICANN spoke about the LAC Strategy projects for 2016–2020, and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition and efforts to enhance ICANN’s accountability.
Internet Government Workshop, Turks and Caicos, March 2016
The Internet Society and ICANN co-hosted an Internet Governance Workshop in Turks and Caicos. In addition to the stakeholders who attended in person, the live streaming reached remote participants from Trinidad, Barbados and St. Lucia.
Girls in ICT Day, Barbados, April 2016
ICANN was invited to present at the Girls in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Day. Several women in ICT presented to over 125 girls and young women from local schools. ICANN’s presentations highlighted successful women working in Internet governance.
CaribNOG 11, Jamaica, April 2016
The Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) hosted its 11th gathering this year. ICANN promoted the adoption of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). Other attendees encouraged the deployment of DNSSEC and commented on the ease of technical implementation.
LACNIC 25, Cuba, May 2016
The Caribbean region is split between the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC). Even so, Caribbean participation was high at LACNIC 25. ICANN engaged with regional stakeholders from business, technology and civil society on policy development in their respective countries and on their participation in ICANN.
12th Annual Caribbean IGF, Belize, August 2016
The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) embodies a regional multistakeholder approach to Internet governance. Over the years, the event has helped Caribbean stakeholders to better understand Internet governance structures, issues, processes and implications for the region. ICANN sponsored the event, and members of the Stakeholder Engagement team made several presentations.
Caribbean Working Lunch at ICANN57, India, November 2016
At ICANN57 Hyderabad, meeting participants from the Caribbean attended a working lunch, where they discussed regional issues face-to-face. Many ICANN constituencies were represented – from Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
Stay tuned! Soon, we'll launch our "2016 LAC Year in Review" report, which will include more highlights about our work in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the meantime, take a look at recent blog posts by my colleagues Alex Dans (2016 LAC Communications Highlights), Rodrigo Saucedo (2016 LAC Strategy Highlights) and Daniel Fink (ICANN Extends Engagement in Brazil in 2016).