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Thursday, September 4 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
WS114: Developing Countries Participation in Global IG

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There is an current trend among international IG organisations to work toward more globalisation, bringing and including more stakeholders.

As example, ICANN is increasing its efforts toward globalization and removing the perception of being an US-centric organization by establishing new offices and initiating new outreach projects. However, the main issues regarding developing countries’ participation, including all stakeholders, remain open and unresolved. These include, inter alia, incorporating developing countries’ issues into the policy development process, e.g .for the new gTLD program; under-representation of developing country applicants for gTLDs, and relatively few accredited registrars; and representation in policy development bodies like the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). Stakeholders from developing regions often struggle to voice their opinions or to be effective within ICANN. Moreover, concern about developing countries’ challenges and interests has not always been been widely shared across the private sector community.

Accordingly, this workshop will explore such questions as:
1- How do we assess the extent to which the ICANN multistakeholder model for policy development is working for developing countries, particularly with respect to the new gTLDs?
2- How can developing countries’ concerns be systematically included in policy development processes in ICANN and other IG structures?
3- How can developing country participation in the GNSO process be enhanced?
4- How can ICANN become more fully globalized and responsive to the concerns of developing countries’ governments, civil society, business and technical communities?
5- How does the ICANN experience compare with civil society participation in other Internet Governance spaces.
6- What lessons does the ICANN experience offer for developing country participation in other global governance spaces?
7- What lessons can ICANN learn from different experiences in IG structures?

NCSG is the voice of civil society and nonprofit organizations in ICANN’s domain name policy
body, the GNSO, with more than 400 organizational and individual membership. It is composed of two constituencies, Noncommercial Users Constituency and Non ­Profit Operational Constituencies

1- Setting the scene : explaining context and objectives (10min)
2- Panelists' presentations: going through the questions above (25min)
3- Q/A session with the audience (40min)
4- Wrap-up: recommendations & actions (15min)

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Rafik Dammak

Non-commercial Stakeholder Group former Chair, NTT
He is engineer working and living in Japan. He is member of the steering committee for the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles . He has been involved in ICANN community as NCUC (Non-commercial users constituency) individual user member, former elected GNSO Councillor for the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group, ICANN nomcom member in addition to his participation in several ICANN WGs like the new gTLD applicant support where he was... Read More →


Olga Cavalli

Adviser for technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina
Olga Cavalli is an ICT and Internet specialist with large experience in project management, market research, competitive analysis, public policy and regulations. Since 2007 Ms. Cavalli is a member of the United Nations Secretary General´s Advisory group for the Internet Governance Forum and the Argentina Representative in the GAC of ICANN. She was GNSO Council Member in ICANN and GNSO Vice chair. As an advisor of the Ministry of Foreing... Read More →
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William Drake

International Fellow & Lecturer, University of Zurich
William J. Drake is an International Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. He is also a member of the Nominating Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); a faculty member of the European and South schools on Internet governance; and an Affiliated Researcher at the Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University. Previous work... Read More →
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Baher Esmat

Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East, ICANN
Baher Esmat is a leading voice on Internet policy and regulatory issues in the Middle East. In his role as ICANN Regional Vice President, he is part of the advance guard of Internet proponents for a free, open and affordable Internet within the Arab world. | A keen facilitator of collaboration and dialogue between ICANN and the broader Internet community, Baher promotes and supports domain name system operations initiatives and capacity-building... Read More →

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito

Ephraim is a Policy Fellow working with the Policy team for Access, where he focuses on the connection between internet policy and human rights and specifically works on Internet Governance Reforms. He is an ICANN Fellow (Singapore & USA) and a Fellow of the African School of Internet Governance (South Africa). He is currently a rising senior studying for a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree at University and a course in Global Civics at Global... Read More →

Izumi Okutani

Policy Liaison, Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC)
Policy Liaison, Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC). | | Izumi Okutani performs Policy Liaison at JPNIC, a National Internet Registry(NIR) managing IP address space in Japan. She has experiences in outreach and training activities for Policy Development in Japan, and has been involved with coordination between the Japanese and wider Asia Pacific communities since 2000. She has experiences in adopting IPv4 Transfer Policy as well as... Read More →
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Rudi Vansnick

Chair, Internet Society Belgium

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Vladimir Radunovic

Director, E-diplomacy Programmes, DiploFoundation
Mr Vladimir Radunović has been the Programme Coordinator and a lecturer in Internet governance and e-diplomacy with DiploFoundation since 2005. He also serves as a Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) since 2012. He has actively participated in the global process since World Summit on Information Society in 2003, and has been a lecturer and key resource person in number of online and... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Workshop Room 05 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 3)

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