IANA Stewardship Transition - A Live Example of a Multi-Stakeholder Process


ICANN Contribution to WSIS lines; pursuing global IG multi-stakeholder processes

The transition of Stewardship of the IANA Contract from the US to the Global Community is, arguably, this year's most significant change for the Internet. This session (which will not focus on the substance of the debate or on any transition proposal) will provide behind the scene insights from participants in the IANA Stewardship Transition; including:

- how the bottom-up multistakeholder model has been used to make tough operational decisions that will affect the whole Internet

- how initial positions held by stakeholders were examined

- how these positions evolved in the course of discussions, both on-line and in face to face meetings

- the lessons to be learnt for other Internet Governance issues from the experience of participants in this process?

The session will include personal insights from community members who started out with very diverse, conflicting views which reflected the views of their Community, finally finding consensus in building together the best solution for the operational stability and continuity of the Internet.

This session will seek to demonstrate the maturity of the multistakeholder model of governance; relevant - not least - in the forthcoming UNGA discussion on the WSIS+10 Review.

Speakers / panellists


Pablo Hinojosa; APNIC


Bill Drake; University of Zurich, Noncommercial Users Constituency

Marilyn Cade; Business Constituency; ICANN Community 

Chris Buckridge;   RIPE-NCC; Netherlands 

Mary Uduma; Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA); Nigeria

Tracy Hackshaw; Ministry of Science and Technology; Trinidad and Tobago; as panelist 

Eliot Lear, CISCO

Markus Kummer; ICANN Board

Olivier Crepin-Leblond; ALAC


Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • C11. International and regional cooperation
Session's link to the Sustainable Development Process

While there is no direct linkage with the SDP; we believe that there will be clear linkages between the (to be agreed) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the initiatives that are, and will, be taken forward through implementing WSIS Action Lines.   

Session 269
  • Thursday 28 May,
  • Room C2, ITU Tower
  • Thematic Workshop

WSIS Forum 2015 | Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development
25–29 May 2015, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland