Members of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) participated in the ICANN65 Policy Forum last week, from 24-27 June in Marrakech, Morocco. The Policy Forum offered GCSC members the opportunity to engage with the ICANN community, which lies at the foundation of Internet governance and multistakeholder cooperation.
Central to the GCSC’s participation at ICANN65 in Marrakech was a joint meeting between the Global Commission and the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). During the meeting, which took place on Thursday 27 June (12:00-12:30), Commissioners Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Anriette Esterhuysen, Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, and Director of the GCSC Secretariat, Alexander Klimburg presented the work of the Commission, in particular the GCSC’s Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet, to receive feedback on the work of the Commission.
This engagement builds upon previous meetings between the Commission and ICANN. In March of this year the two organizations met in Kobe, Japan, where the GCSC conducted its second meeting of 2019 alongside the ICANN64 Community Forum. During its time in Japan, the Commission participated in several sessions of the ICANN64 program, including holding a public consultation with the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee. Commissioners also had the opportunity to engage with several ICANN constituencies at the forum, providing briefings to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), the Non-Commercial Users Stakeholder’s Group, the Noncommercial Users Constituency, and the Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers Constituency. In addition, Commissioners met with members of the ICANN Board and the Security and members of the Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).
The Commission greatly appreciates the feedback received from all ICANN constituencies and will seek to incorporate this in the final report, to be released by the end of the year. The final report will include the norms proposed thus far by the Commission, as well as a framework for stability in cyberspace and targeted recommendations to all stakeholders. Feedback from groups such as ICANN, which are critical to the functioning of the Internet and keeping it open, free and secure for end users, is therefore highly valued by the GCSC.
The GCSC continues to welcome input on from all stakeholders on its proposals. Comments may be sent to [email protected].