[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN January 2010 Journal

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Sat Jan 30 10:26:32 SAST 2010

 January 2010 — Volume 3 | Issue 1 In this issue:

   - Staff Focus
   - Interview with the new VP of Gov Affairs, the Americas
   - IDN ccTLD Fast Track
   - Government Advisory Committee
   - Nairobi Meeting
   - Policy
   - Fellowship

Staff Focus
By Doug Brent, Chief Operating Officer

*The “Staff Focus” is a monthly report about what is on the minds of ICANN
staff. Each month will be written by a different ICANN staff member.*

Happy New Year ICANN Community!

In December, Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s CEO, posted an important piece on the
past year in review. It seems only fitting to begin the New Year with a look
at what might lie ahead in 2010 for ICANN. So here’s my take.

We know that fully internationalized names will exist in the Internet for
the first time! The fast track process
<http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/>has yielded the first set of
strings going into the IANA delegation process
as of 21 January, and names should appear in a few months.

We also know that the first Accountability review, called for by the
of Commitments<http://www.icann.org/en/documents/affirmation-of-commitments-30sep09-en.htm>,
will take place. Likely, this will identify both the many strong steps the
entire ICANN community and organization have taken to support meaningful
accountability, and identify future actions that can further improve our

While it is too early to predict how far the new gTLD
progress, work already underway points to some likely outcomes. The
work on intellectual property protections by the IRT (special community
group), then handed off to the GNSO <http://gnso.icann.org/> for
recommendations, is likely to come to fruition. Appropriate trademark
protections are an essential part of the new gTLD process, and adoption of
this work will be an important step.

Other major aspects of the new gTLD program under discussion right now
include if and how to run an Expression of Interest process and the right
of conditions for registry/registrar separation and integration. Both of
these questions have been discussed on-line and on conference calls and are
scheduled for more discussion at ICANN’s Nairobi meeting. And, we can expect
more information on the root scaling study, TLD demand, security
considerations for registries, three character names and variant handling, a
new draft applicant guidebook, and more.

There is also a great deal of ongoing policy development work in the
which has more than 18 working groups now running concurrently, and in the
ccNSO <http://ccnso.icann.org/>, which also has a full agenda, including
looking at long-term country code IDN policies and aspects of delegation and
At-Large <http://www.atlarge.icann.org/> community work also has reached an
all time high as they offer the individual user perspective on a range of
issues. Along with this
policy development work, is work in the GNSO, At-Large and other parts of
ICANN to fully implement organizational improvements and streamline
processes. This is combined with organization reviews of the ccNSO, the
RSSAC <http://www.icann.org/en/committees/dns-root/> and more.

Having tried to make some assessments of likely 2010 outcomes, I also have
some questions on my mind heading into this year:

   - With the Affirmation signed last year, how do the staff, Board and
   community build explicit public interest concerns into all of our processes?
   How can we assure that the public interest is always being served?
   - For years, the notion of improved participation has been discussed (and
   I’m sure even this phrase means different things to different people). How
   can people participate in a meaningful way without becoming experts in all
   of the work ICANN does? How can remote participation be made better and more
   integrated into the meetings? How can work be prioritized and/or supported
   so a volunteer community can continue to lead?
   - As fiscal year 2011 (beginning 1 July) will have virtually no budget
   growth, how will the community, Board and staff work to make the trade-offs
   between essential new programs and expenditures, and fund them by cutting

So, I’ve assessed likely outcomes and offered some questions, but I guess no
look forward would be complete without at least one prediction. Mine
is that when Rod writes his 2011 in review piece for the community, it will
demonstrate even more significant outcomes – both substantive and process
related - than it did in 2009.

Happy New Year!

Doug Brent
Chief Operating Officer
ICANN’s New VP of Government Affairs, the Americas — Jamie Hedlund

[image: Jamie Hedlund]We are pleased to introduce Jamie Hedlund, Vice
President of Government Affairs for the Americas. We did a quick interview
with Jamie to learn a bit more about him and his ideas for ICANN.

*ICANN*: *Tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your background? *

*Jamie*: I grew up in the city of Chicago. My mother was the first woman
elected to City Hall and my father was a litigator. I was fortunate to be
able to study in France for one year during high school and to work in Paris
during the summer before college. After college, I worked in orphanages in
Chile while that country returned to democratic rule. My first job after law
school was in Mexico City. After a brief (and somewhat depressing) stint
representing infomercial producers, I spent three years at the US Federal
Communications Commission working on wireless auctions and international
regulatory issues. I then joined Sprint where among other things I
participated in the ITU's WRC 2000 in Istanbul where I helped safeguard the
company's 2.5 GHz spectrum from being reallocated for other services. My
family and I then moved to Colorado where I worked on the business side for
Level 3 Communications, a major Internet backbone provider. While there, I
spent a year as the chief of staff to the head of Level 3's EU business
unit. During my four years in Denver, my wife completed her doctoral thesis
in education and we decided to return to Washington where she founded a
charter school. I became a lobbyist for Yahoo! Inc. where I worked primarily
on broadband and copyright issues, including net neutrality and webcasting
royalties for streaming music. Most recently, I headed regulatory affairs
for the Consumer Electronics Association where I spearheaded our efforts to
secure more spectrum for wireless broadband devices and services. On a more
personal note, my wife and I are very fortunate to have three happy and
healthy children aged 11, 9 and 6 1/2. Like most parents of young kids, when
we are not working, we spend a lot of time shuttling them to school and
sporting events.

*ICANN*: *What attracted you to ICANN?*

*Jamie*: There are many aspects of ICANN that I found compelling. The
critical role that ICANN plays in Internet infrastructure is really
exciting. I figured that ICANN's mandate to ensure a single Internet must
inspire everyone who works here. I'm also the type of person who thrives in
organizations faced with complicated challenges. ICANN's diverse
stakeholders and bottom-up development process knows no parallel - it is an
experiment in governance in which the stakes, the maintenance of a single
root, are incredibly high. During the interview process, it also became
clear to me that there are a lot of very smart, dedicated people here who
are passionate about their work. Rod is clearly an inspired and inspiring
leader who promises to do great things as ICANN continues in its evolution.
In short, I was attracted to ICANN's mission and the people who carry it

*ICANN*: *What is your vision for Government Affairs within ICANN/what do
you want to accomplish?*

*Jamie*: My focus is on the Americas. I hope to build on the foundation laid
by my predecessor and by Theresa Swinehart's Global Partnership
organization. In Washington, I hope to keep policymakers informed of ICANN's
progress in carrying out our obligations under the Affirmation of
Commitments. I also hope to raise awareness of ICANN's role in the global
Internet beyond those in Congress and the Administration with whom we have
worked closely. ICANN has a great story to tell and there are many in
government, industry and the public interest community who could become our
supporters. In the Americas, I look forward to working with Theresa and
Pablo Hinojosa to ensure that governments in this hemisphere understand and
appreciate our independence from the US Government and our open and
transparent policy development process.

*ICANN*: *What challenges do you see? *

*Jamie*: ICANN's biggest challenge in the government affairs realm will be
to secure the support and "buy in" of the governments and other stakeholders
in the ICANN model. This will require unrelenting outreach and education
efforts, especially when some in the ICANN community inevitably feel
disappointed by the results of a policy decision. On a personal level, there
is a lot I need to learn about ICANN. My window into ICANN while at Yahoo!
was a narrow one, focused primarily on IP issues. I look forward to meeting
and working with staff across the organization whose help will be critical
if we are to properly inform and educate policymakers.

*ICANN*: *What is your first priority in your new position? *

*Jamie*: It's hard to pick just one when there is so much happening now. Rod
will be in town for my first week on the job. I guess my first priority will
be that our meetings on the Hill and with the Administration are successful.
Fortunately, Rod has significant experience in DC and doesn't really need
much preparation. More generally, my first priority will be to develop
narratives that convince policymakers that the ICANN model is succeeding and
worth keeping.

*ICANN*: *How do you see ICANN’s staff supporting you in achieving your

*Jamie*: It would be impossible for me to develop the narrative mentioned
above without significant support and input from staff across the
organization. The pieces are all there - all I need to do is to put it into
a format that will be appreciated by Congress, the Administration, other
governments and industry and public interest constituencies. I know that
everyone is incredibly busy but I hope they will not mind me pestering them
for help and information. I also hope that they will be patient with me as I
make my way up the steep ICANN learning curve.
IDN Fast Track—First IDN ccTLD Requests Successfully Pass String Evaluation

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of the IDN ccTLD Fast
Track String Evaluation for four (4) proposed IDN ccTLDs. The requests are
associated with Egypt, the Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, and
Saudi Arabia. Details of the successful evaluations are provided

The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track Process was
approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on
30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The
process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for
IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in
scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of

   - the script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
   - the languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the
   corresponding country or territory; and
   - a specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by
   an external DNS Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

   1. *Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory)*:
   Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is
   run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and
   gathering all the required supporting documentation.
   2. *String Evaluation*:
   Incoming requests to ICANN in accordance with the criteria described
   above: the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD
   Applications are received through an online system available together
   with additional material supporting the process at
   3. *String Delegation*:
   Requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to
   apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for
   ASCII based ccTLDs. String delegation requests are submitted to IANA root
   zone management.

At this time ICANN has received a total of 16 requests for and IDN ccTLD
through the String Evaluation process, representing eight languages. Four of
these have now successfully passed through the String Evaluation and are
hence ready for the requesting country or territory to initiate the
application for String Delegation.

ICANN is looking forward to the String Delegation function for these four
requests, as well as finalizing the remaining received requests in String
Evaluation, and receiving additional new requests in the Fast Track Process.
A staff support function is available to help all countries and territories
interested in participating in the Fast Track Process.

Please email:
idncctldrequests at icann.org for any inquiries for participation.

Updates about received numbers of applications and the number of completions
will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at:

Press Release:
ICANN Remains Committed to Nairobi and Africa

The following is a blog post from Rod Beckstrom, ICANN President & CEO,
posted 22 January concerning the upcoming ICANN meeting in Nairobi.

To view the post along with comments from the community, please go here:

We have listened to the community. Many are looking forward to Nairobi, some
expressed concerns, particularly in light of the events in downtown Nairobi
on January 15. Accordingly, ICANN staff and Board have reexamined the
security situation

During our re-examination we first explored moving the event out of the
downtown Nairobi area to a suburb, but determined that no suitable venue was

Second, we reached out to the Kenyan government as well as other nations
with operations in Kenya for their risk assessments of the situation. The
consistent feedback was that the overall risk assessment of Nairobi had not
changed. Accordingly, based on the ICANN CEO’s recommendation, the ICANN
Board has approved moving ahead with the ICANN Nairobi meeting.

At the same time, we recognize that many developing country cities have
higher ambient levels of street crime and much of the world (the U.S. and
Europe included) faces international terrorist threats and attacks. Both are
simply facts of life. Also, as with all ICANN events, we will continue to
monitor the security situation in case there are any material future
changes. For any ICANN community members who do not travel to the event,
remote participation will be available for many of the meetings.

Given that ICANN is committed to “One world. One Internet. Everyone
connected.” we have engaged and will continue to engage with the whole

We greatly appreciate the assistance of Kenya, the host country, and their
commitment to address ICANN security concerns. In addition, the ICANN board
has approved further security investments by the CEO as necessary for the
event, and the CEO will become personally involved in reviewing the security

I love Kenya. I have been to Nairobi six times and greatly look forward to
participating in this important ICANN International meeting.

Rod Beckstrom
CEO and President

*Dear Community: *

As a part of our efforts to provide more information for attendees and
potential attendees of the Nairobi ICANN meeting, the staff are pleased to
provide advance notice of an upcoming pair of teleconferences to brief you
about logistical and security arrangements, and allow you to ask questions.

The teleconferences will be approximately one hour long, depending upon the
length of the Q&A, and held as follows:

   1. *Thursday, 28th January, 0600 UTC**
   (1130 New Delhi, 0900 Nairobi, 1400 Beijing, 1700 Sydney (for the Eastern
   2. *Friday, 29th January, 2000 UTC**
   (1200 Los Angeles, 1500 New York, 1700 Buenos Aires, 1800 Sao Paulo (for
   the Western Hemisphere) *



Toll-Free (North America Only):
+1 (800) 550-6865 / USA
Toll: +1 (213) 233-3193

International Dial-In Numbers: http://www.adigo.com/icann/

Access Code: 3856

Adobe Connect: http://icann.na3.acrobat.com/nairobi-logistics/

If a number your country is not listed, please send an email to
support at adigo.com, with a subject line of 'dial out for ICANN Nairobi Call
1' for the first call, or 'dial out for ICANN Nairobi Call 2' for the second
call, providing your name, full telephone number including country code, and
your location up to 1 hour before the call you want to attend begins. If you
drop from the call or have connection problems, you can send an IM to either
adigohelp (skype or AIM).


1) Virtual Walk Through of Logistics - Nick Tomasso and Joe Kiragu

Nick Tomasso, ICANN General Manager for Meetings and Conferences, will take
attendees through a narrative of the logistical arrangements from the point
that attendees disembark from the plane through to arrival at the hotel.
Following that our Kenyan hosts will take the participants through the
process of moving from their hotel back and forth to the other hotels and
the conference site. Requirements on arrival will also be recapped. Joe
Kiragu, Board Chairperson, Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC), will
add any comments he thinks appropriate.

2) Review of Security Situation and Arrangements

Geoff Bickers, ICANN’s Director of Security, will review security
arrangements for attendees. Geoff will also provide an overview of existing
security information that has been published with reminders of online links
for further information. Board Chairperson, Kenya Network Information Centre
(KENIC), will be invited to make any comments he wishes to add.

3) Remote Participation Options

Nick Ashton-Hart will briefly review remote participation arrangements for

[image: ICANN Meeting 37: Nairobi] <http://nbo.icann.org/>*Q&A: *

Questions and Answers related to the above subjects will be taken from the
audience. Members will be asked to raise their hands in the Adobe Connect
room (or ask in Adobe Connect chat to be placed into the queue) wherever
possible. Nick Ashton-Hart will call on questioners on a first-come,
first-served basis. There is no hard close for the call; the presenters are
happy to remain online until all questions have been answered; if for some
reason a participant drops or must drop and a question arrives for them,
this will be passed along so it can be answered.

The agenda and material presented will be identical at each session.

Recordings will be posted online for those unable to attend.
Policy Update

*For an in-depth look at the following Policy topics, go to the January
Policy Update at:**

*Malaysia and Colombia Join ccNSO *

On 8 January, the country code Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO) accepted
the membership applications of Malaysia (.my) and Colombia (.co).

*“Wildcarding” Study Group Seeks Volunteers *

The ccNSO Council approved the task description of an ad-hoc group that will
study the use of “wildcards” or synthesized DNS responses.

*Public Comments Published about Proposed IDN Policies *

The ccNSO received several public comments on a paper that proposed overall
policies for the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) into
country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). A summary of the public comments
has been published.

*ccNSO Adjusts Its Relationship with IANA *

The ccNSO Council expanded its Tech Working Group’s mandate to include a
formal liaison role with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)

*Schweiger Is New Chair of Incident Response Planning *

The ccNSO Council has appointed Dr. Joerg Schweiger, board member of Denic,
as the new Chair of the Incident Response Planning Working Group (IRP WG).

*ccNSO Drafts Agenda for Meeting in Nairobi *

The ccNSO has publicly posted its first-draft agenda for its activities at
the upcoming meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

*ccNSO Prepares to Update Its Website *

The ccNSO is considering ways to update and improve ccNSO.icann.org.

*Inter-Registrar Transfer Policies WG Consults with Compliance Team *

The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) aims to provide a straightforward
procedure for domain name holders to transfer their names from one
ICANN-accredited registrar to another. The GNSO is reviewing and considering
revisions to this policy.

*Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery WG Presents Final Survey Findings *

To what extent should registrants be able to reclaim their domain names
after they expire? At issue is whether the current policies of registrars on
the renewal, transfer and deletion of expired domain names are adequate.

*GNSO Improvements: New Council Seated; Now What? *

Members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) community are
working hard to implement a comprehensive series of organizational changes
designed to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of the organization.
The GNSO Improvements fall into five main areas;

   - Restructuring the GNSO Council;
   - Revising the GNSO Policy Develop ment Process (PDP);
   - Adopting a New Working Group Model for Policy Development;
   - Enhancing Constituencies; and
   - Improving Communication and Coordination With ICANN Structures.

To understand the GNSO's new structure and organization, please see the
discussion and diagrams on the GNSO Improvements
For the reasons and history motivating the improvements, see the Background
page <http://gnso.icann.org/en/improvements/background-en.htm>.

*Can Differing Proposals for Recovered IPv4 Addresses Merge into One Global
Policy? *

Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are discussing a proposed global policy
for handling IPv4 address space returned from the RIRs to IANA. According to

the proposal, IANA would act as a repository of returned address space and,
once the free pool of IANA IPv4 address space has been depleted, allocate
such space to the RIRs in smaller blocks than it currently does.

*RIRs Close to Approving Transition to 32-Bit ASN *

Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are discussing a proposed global policy
for Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). The proposal would change the date for
a full transition from 16-bit to 32-bit ASNs from the beginning of 2010 to
the beginning of 2011, in order to allow more time for necessary upgrades of
the systems involved.

*Opportunity to Appoint a Board Member Enlivens At-Large Discussions *

ICANN’s Board voted on 27 August 2009 that the At-Large community should, in
principle, be able to appoint a voting member of the ICANN Board. Since
then, At-Large has been discussing the process to be used, including the
selection criteria and candidate requirements.

*Community Expands to 120 At-Large Structures *

Two organizations representing individual Internet users have been newly
accredited to the At-Large community as At-Large Structures ("ALSes"),
bringing the total number of ALSes to 120.

*Issues Active with the SSAC*

The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) is considering several
security related issues, including the Report of the Root Scaling Study
Team, display and usage of internationalized registration data (Whois data),
orphaned domain names, and domain name history. These and other topics may
be the addressed in future SSAC Reports or Advisories. See the SSAC
web site<http://www.icann.org/en/committees/security/>for more
information about SSAC activities.
Fellowship Update

As the manager of the Fellowship program, I usually take the opportunity
after an ICANN meeting to utilize this space normally provided to Fellowship
program alumni, in order to update the community on the latest round of
Fellowship participants and their ICANN meeting experience. But as I began
receiving the follow-up reports that each fellow is required to provide
after completing the program, I found that the words of the fellows were so
much more compelling, and chose one report in particular to share in this
space. Stanley exemplifies the spirit and intent of the program, and I hope
that it gives you the same sense of “being there” that it gave me.

— Janice Douma Lange

One World! One Internet! Everyone Connected was the echo the unveiling of
the Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) sent to the world at the recent
Seoul meeting. While IDNs reach a milestone in the history of the Internet,
they continue to be like a modern myth for many developing countries with
language and dialogue diversities.

My country, Papua New Guinea (PNG), is one of the unique countries in the
world with almost 800 different languages and dialogues for each culture
respectively. My attendance and participation at ICANN’s 36th International
Public Meeting in Seoul was a personal achievement and more importantly it
was a human resource development for my country and region. PNG and its
neighboring Pacific Island Countries (PICs) need more exposure and
international collaboration to develop and enhance Internet connectivity and
penetration in the region. Thank you ICANN for giving me this opportunity
through your Fellowship program.

My first experience as a Fellow began at the 31st ICANN meeting in New
Delhi. I was a fresh university graduate with only three years in
professional work; I was a new kid in town. Not only as a first-timer at an
ICANN meeting but coming in with limited knowledge about the roles of ICANN,
its subsidiaries, and stakeholders. The whole experience started out as
chaos but eventually the learning curve began to level off. I gained
valuable information regarding the nature of ICANN, its constituency groups
and their roles and objectives.

Now, almost 2 years later, the people I have met and the wealth of
information and knowledge I have acquired during the Seoul meeting has shed
light on once grey areas and I hope to bring to life new ideas in my country
while I contribute to Internet governance in many other ways.

Papua New Guinea’s University of Technology (PNG Unitech) is the sole
custodian of ccTLD .pg. I do not directly work in .pg administration but I
see it as a national identity in the cyber world and acknowledge it as an
important asset of the people of PNG. I work as a director for APEC Digital
Opportunity Center (ADOC); a community development arm of the university
aimed at bridging the digital divide in the country by rendering free ICT
and Internet training and awareness. About 50% of PNG’s population of 6.3
million can read and understand basic English (literate). And from the
literate population, almost 30% are computer literate and only 5% have
access to internet.

Internet penetration is extremely low in the country and the region. One
major cause of this trend is identified as lack of knowledge by the majority
of the educated people, policy makers, bureaucrats, and many institutional
managers about Internet technology and its opportunities. Our objective at
ADOC is to leverage the Internet in all societies; thus, since its inception
more than three years ago, ADOC had trained over 3000 people in e-Commerce
and other Internet applications.

I relate my ICANN experiences to the needs of the end-users and to the
status of the Internet in my region. I do my part so that recent
developments in Internet technology and policy by ICANN and its stakeholders
work to close the digital divide. At the end of the Seoul meeting, I came
back and imagined the work ahead of me and the possibility of truly
realizing my visions.

Before my trip to Seoul, I considered the inefficiencies of my ccTLD
management, the type of government policy on ICT, and the amount of demand
from the industries and other professional organizations in regards to the
available Internet service. Since it was my second attendance to an ICANN
meeting, I was familiar with what to expect so I already had in mind how to
apply what I learned to my situation in my country.

Generally, the Seoul meeting was awesome. From the fellowship working
breakfast meeting to the day’s various working sessions, SO and AC meetings,
public forum, and board meeting; I was on my feet all day so as to attend
most sessions on time. Not to mention the social events. To attend
everything would be impossible so I decided to spend more time on issues and
technical workshops that were more relevant to my situation.

For example, IDNs were not a concern to me at this time with respect to the
degree of language diversity in my country – IDNs are not feasible now. I
needed to know more about IANA functions and attend the IPv6 workshop
because IPv4 depletion is a global concern in the Internet community.
Furthermore, PNG Unitech has its share of IPv6 from APNIC but has yet to
give a test, which was why I was very interested to learn from others’
experiences at the IANA IPv6 Showcase. And of course, I learned a lot from
the Japanese case study as well as from the comments from RIR managers like
Paul Wilson from APNIC on IPv6 deployment and traffic in the region.

One other very important information I got was at the ccNSO Members meeting.
Although, I was not a member, my hope to return and work for my ccTLD had
inspired me to have keen interest in ccNSO membership, even if I was not
eligible at that time. I received very helpful directions and tips from
ccNSO members and council chairman on how to formulate ccTLD operations and
management policies. If all goes well for me here in my organization, I will
be the first to volunteer to represent my organization in ccNSO at my next

Before I applied for ICANN Fellowship, I was already involved in
consultation work with the PNG national government’s Department of
Communication and Information on National ICT Policy by contributing with
real insight on the status and development of the Internet in the country.
Also I was in discussions with the ccTLD management at PNG Unitech on how to
enhance and market the top level domain name. Addressing the technical
incompetence of our DNS systems and policies were some of the topics of
discussion. We explored a number of ideas and deploying local Internet
Exchange Point (IXP) was one of them, besides the move to exchange letters
with ICANN and formalize relationships to create an accountability

The inspiration of the Seoul meeting further boosted my interest and
commitment to pursue the work that I am passionate about. It has equipped me
with the information and connected me to the people that may guide me in
revisiting initiatives that have failed in the past; namely, when I
attempted to create a regional Internet users network to be registered under

The important task for me is to educate and create awareness. The more
people we show the opportunities of the Internet to, the more demand there
will be for the Internet in the region, consequently creating competition
among the service providers and enabling essential services.

That is my hope and plan – a work towards representing ICANN in my region
for the next generation of internet users.

Thank you,

Stanley A Osao
2nd Time Fellow
APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC)
PNG University of Technology

[image: Jamie Hedlund]

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Growing Participation to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)

Interest from Governments in the GAC has continued to grow in 2009, with a
marked increase in new members in the last months of the year. Over that
period, the GAC has had the pleasure to welcome 9 new full members and one
new observer.

Full members include Burkina Faso, China, Cook Island, Cyprus, Kyrgyz
Republic, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mali, Russia, Seychelles
and Ukraine. Moreover, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission
(CITEL) of the Organization of American States also joined as an Observer.

All governments active in the GAC have underlined the significance of this
development, which points to the growing awareness on the part of public
policy makers of the relevance of the debate around the Internet’s unique
identifiers system. They have reaffirmed their commitment to work to
continue to widen the geographical footprint of the GAC and the level of
engagement of Member States.

For more information on the GAC, go to: http://gac.icann.org/

[image: Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)]

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