IP Justice Presents IGF 2014 Workshop #23: 

“Accountability in the ICANN Multi-Stakeholder Governance Regime” 

at the 9th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey

3 September 2014  ~  9:00 – 10:30 am in Istanbul (other time zones)

in Venue Room #2 at Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC)

Video Recording     Transcript

Panel Speakers:  

  • Larry Strictling, US NTIA
  • Pat Kane, Verisign
  • Gonzalo Navarro, ICANN Board of Directors
  • Carlos Afonso, CGI.BR
  • Avri Doria, NCSG
  • Chris LaHatte, ICANN Ombudsman
  • Jordan Carter, InternetNZ

Panel Moderator:

  • Robin Gross, IP Justice

Remote Moderator:  

  • David Cake, Electronic Frontiers Australia

Workshop Co-Sponsors:

  • IP Justice
  • CGI.BR
  • The Internet Governance Project
  • The Public Interest Registry (PIR)
  • The Internet Commerce Association
  • InternetNZ

Session Description:

Discussion of how accountability goals are achieved at ICANN under its multi-stakeholder governance processes. To whom is ICANN accountable and what are the mechanisms for ensuring that accountability is adequate? In what way do these mechanisms need strengthening or further improvements, particularly in light of NTIA’s announcement to transition out its current role? How do checks and balances on power, such as structural separation of key DNS operations encourage accountability? How have ICANN’s Affirmation of Commitments and the Accountability and Transparency Review Team fostered (or undermined) accountability goals at ICANN? What lessens were learned from the AoC and ATRT processes on achieving accountability under a multi-stakeholder governance regime? What is the role of ICANN’s Ombudsman Office in achieving accountability for the institution?

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