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

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

Chair: Vinton G. Cerf


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.
  • 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.


Strategy Panel on ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem – Final Report:

Strategy Panel on ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem – Draft Report:

Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes

ICANN Strategy Panels & the Planning Process (24 March 2014, Singapore)

WEBINAR: ICANN Strategy Panels – Draft Reports (11 March 2014)

WEBINAR: ICANN Strategy Panel on ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem (13 and 15 January 2014)

Strategy Panel on ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem (20 November 2013)

ICANN Strategy Panels – An Introduction (18 November 2013)

Status Updates, Reference Material

Monthly Report (October-November 2013) [PDF, 249 KB]

Monthly Report (December 2013-January 2014) [PDF, 267 KB]

ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem (31 January 2014)

Do not mess with (imp)perfection by Ismail Serageldin [PDF, 381 KB]

Share Your Thoughts (Now Closed)

Email: Please note that this email address is tied to an open mailing list from which messages are made publicly available through this web page.

Survey: 2

While the Panel would welcome early input, the Strategy Panel invites you to submit your feedback by Friday, 31 January 2014 – 23:59 UTC.

1 With Wolfgang Kleinwächter's selection to the ICANN Board, Wolfgang Kleinwächter has stepped down from the panel and we look forward to his and others contributions to the public participation of this panel (16 November 2013).

2 No attributions will be made.

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