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ICANN Senior Executives Visited Korea to Engage Local Community on Internet Governance

Call for Active Participation by Korean Stakeholders on IANA Stewardship Transition

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Seoul, South Korea… ICANN's Theresa Swinehart, Senior Advisor to the President on Strategy, Yu–Chuang Kuek, Regional Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific and Adam Peake, Senior Manager for Accountability were in Seoul on March 12 to provide updates to the community on the proposed transition of stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions and discuss enhancing ICANN accountability with Korean Internet leaders.

The senior executives from Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) met key Internet stakeholders including government officials from Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), civil society and academia. They also encouraged the Korean community to participate in the global multistakeholder discussions on the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN accountability issues.

"We value the opportunity in Seoul to discuss ICANN's work and issues around the IANA stewardship transition," said Theresa Swinehart. "We are grateful for the continued engagement of the Korean community in our work. It is important to ensure that the multistakeholder approach is maintained throughout the transition process, as well as to enhance ICANN's accountability."

Dr. Lee Dongman, Chair of Korea Internet Governance Alliance (KIGA) emphasized the importance of ensuring that ICANN remains accountable during the transition and afterward.

"The IANA Stewardship Transition is a hot topic amongst the Internet communities globally now, Korea inclusive. Equally important is the accountability discussion. The active participation on the transition discussion is important for the Korean Internet Community," said Dr. Lee.

Echoing similar sentiments, Dr. Park Yoonjung, Chair of Internet Society – Korea said, "We take great interest in the ongoing transition discussions and are appreciative of ICANN's efforts to ensure that different communities understand and participate in this historical moment."

"The transition is an important milestone for ICANN and the Internet in general and we want to ensure that all stakeholders are fully engaged and understand the processes going on," commented Hyun–o Kwon, Head of Seoul office, ICANN.

On March 14, 2014, the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition its stewardship of the IANA Functions to the global multistakeholder community.

The Korean Internet Community has been actively involved via participation in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Country–Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and At–Large Advisory Committee of ICANN. The community remains engaged and pledges to continue to collaborate and participate actively.

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For more information on the IANA Stewardship Transition, please refer here.

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