I Am New to ICANN – Now What?
As you begin your engagement with ICANN, keep in mind that everyone was a newcomer at one time. We have all had that same overwhelmed feeling when looking around the ICANN website or participating in an ICANN meeting for the first time, trying to understand the work of ICANN, the Multistakeholder model, and all of the pieces and parts that make up the ICANN community.
Our goal here is simple: to share some key areas of our website for you to explore and quickly link to in order to gain an understanding of ICANN's mission, how our bottom-up, Multistakeholder model works, and how to participate within the ICANN community.
As you continue your journey, it may be helpful to have a glossary of terms to help you to better understand some of the words and concepts. Using Quizlet software you can research the various acronyms in multiple languages. Discover http://quizlet.com/ICANNLangs
What Does ICANN Do and How?
ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. Through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. Head to https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/what-2012-02-25-en for in-depth description of ICANN
The IANA Function – What Should You Know?
Key to ICANN's work is the operation and management of the IANA function – find out more by going to https://www.iana.org/about
Top Level Domains (TLDs)– Promoting Consumer Choice and Competition – read all about it at http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/
Secure and Stable Single, Interoperable Global Internet – learn more here
Bottom Up Policy Making – It's All About YOU!
Who Is Doing the Work at ICANN?
Staff members, yes, but in a supporting role to the community of volunteers from around the globe. There is representation from all sectors in the ICANN Multistakeholder model: http://www.icann.org/en/groups. These individuals / groups work year round, not just at ICANN meetings. Most share their work on a community wiki, which you can look into yourself to get a feel of the pace and workload currently happening – and know why we need YOU to jump in and add your expertise and voice! Take a click into https://community.icann.org/
This Is Starting To Make Sense – How Do I Learn More?
Your starting point is our Online Learning Platform, ICANN Learn, supported by ICANN's Development and Public Responsibility Department (DPRD), which provides the opportunity to take "courses" on ICANN: ranging from what an ICANN Meeting is like, to how ICANN works, to the community groups that make up the Multistakeholder model. Individuals and Groups can also develop courses of their own, so new ideas and content are being generated on this platform every day. Some examples of great Newcomer courses are: A Visual Guide to the Internet, Beginners Guide to ICANN Meetings, Beginners Guide to ICANN and Beginners Guide to Groups.
The DPRD also has programming to help support Newcomers at ICANN Meetings. The DPRD organizes the Newcomer's Sunday Session and the ICANN Information Booth, both of which are available at every ICANN Meeting to help familiarize new participants to ICANN and the Community. The day long Newcomer session is highly interactive, with members of ICANN staff and community sharing information, experiences and expertise about the ICANN community, its work and how to participate, get engaged and bring your own voice into the Policy Making Multistakeholder model of work.
Additionally, the DPRD organizes the NextGen@ICANN program, which facilitates attendance and guided programming for selected 18-30 year old students in the region of the ICANN Meeting; as well as the Fellowship Program, which supports the next generation from developing countries in building capacity to participate in the Multistakeholder model through financial support and fast track engagement at the ICANN Meeting. Keep an eye out for applications to both these programs, announced on the ICANN homepage under News and Announcements page.
How Can I See All of This In Action? Attend an ICANN Meeting in person or participate remotely
If you have any questions about how to start participating in ICANN or would like assistance in connecting with staff or community, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.