ICANN for Business
Any business that depends upon the Internet has a stake in ICANN's work. This page provides access to resources for private sector stakeholders interested to learn more about the work of ICANN and how a global, scalable, interoperable Internet benefits their business and bottom line.
Getting to Know ICANN For Business
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Read our posts on the ICANN blog:
- Business Engagement Guest Blogger Series: Leonard Obonyo
- Business Engagement Guest Blogger Series: Chris Wilson
- Working Together to Overcome E-Friction
- Business Engagement and the IANA Stewardship Transition
- The Stakeholder Journey - Los Angeles to Singapore and Beyond
- Okay, My Business is Interested in ICANN. Now What?
- Why Business Must Take The Lead In Protecting The Global Internet
- ICANN 51 Los Angeles – Showcasing Positive Trends and Business Diversity at ICANN Public Meetings
- Business Engagement at ICANN Looking Ahead
- ICANN 50 London – Harnessing the Potential of Business Engagement
- Business Engagement at ICANN – How Three Big Companies Engage
- Engaging with Global Civil Society and Business at RightsCon Silicon Valley
- Small Steps for Business Engagement: Launching New Platforms
Private sector interests are represented in a variety of ways at ICANN. For more information and to become an active participant in ICANN's decisions visit the Generic Names Supporting Organization's (GNSO) website and learn more about the constituencies that represent commercial interests at ICANN:
- The Business Constituency
- The Intellectual Property Constituency
- The Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency
Interested in technical and security issues? Learn more about these groups:
- Address Supporting Organization (ASO)
- Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
- Security & Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)
- Technical Liaison Group (TLG)
You can also get involved through one of the business associations that actively participate in ICANN:Tweets by @ICANN4biz
The Global Business Engagement team hosts webinars before every ICANN public meeting to highlight sessions of interest, opportunities to follow, participate and join work of business stakeholders in their various constituency groups, and discuss the latest topics in the Internet domain name and addressing systems.
Some webinars are also organized for other relevant Internet governance related events in order to inform private sector participation.
ICANN Meetings Business Digest
The Business Digest is designed to serve as a non-exhaustive review of highlights of the ICANN Public Meetings relevant to a variety of businesses stakeholders affected by ICANN's work, presented in business friendly language.
Current and previous issues of the digest are available in different languages on our SlideShare page.
Commissioned Research – The Boston Consulting Group on e-Friction
In 2014, ICANN commissioned a report by the Boston Consulting Group to determine how much the global, interoperable Internet contributes to economic and business success.
The report, titled Greasing the Wheels of the Internet Economy introduced the concept of "e-friction". This is broadly defined as barriers to Internet access, whether within a country or across national borders.
In April 2015, an additional supplement to the report was published. Titled Which Wheels to Grease? Reducing Friction in the Internet Economy, this update expands on the analysis of e-friction by looking at its major causes and at how countries can learn from others that face similar challenges.
In February 2016 the BCG Center for Public Impact published an additional piece of research, which focuses on the digital opportunities for African economies.
- BCG Study: Countries that Expand Internet Access and Use Can Spur Digital Economy Growth
- Update to BCG Study - Country-by-Country Analysis Now Available
- Update to BCG Study - Country Clusters Analysis Now Available
- Connecting the Unconnected in Developing Asia
- Connecting the Unconnected in Developing Asia (condensed)