As an alumina of Diplo, It was a Great opportunity for me to attend the 35th ICANN Meeting held in Sydney as "ICANN's Fellow".
The 35th International Meeting of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANNs) Meeting in Sydney Australia – from June 21-26, 2009 was attended by ICANN’s global, multi-stakeholders community with an aim of tracking many issues surrounding the Internet’s unique identifier system which they seek to improve and protect.
Always, the conference schedule was parked. Particular interest was progress on the NewgTLD Program. Of equal importance was the internationalized Domain Names (IDNS) process, including the latest on the IDNccTLD Fast Track process implementation plan, the IDNA Protocol and the most recent steps toward completing a full policy for creating IDNccTLDs, Together, new TLDs abd IDNTLDs are expected to open the gateway to global Internet access for billions of potential users.
Other continueing key issues addressed were helping the organization to avoid capture, making it more accountable, ensuring its operational and financial security, and improving its focus on the crucial issues of stability and security of the Internet’ unique identifier systems and the Domain name System.
Workshops and other sessions held during the meeting included enhancing security, stability and resiliency of the Internet, DNSSEC root zones signing, public participation, contractual compliance, the new Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the ICANN budget and operating plan, and many others.
The Fellowship Program
Attending the Fellowship Meetings during the morning and as well as participating in other sessions helps me understand and familiarize myself with ICANN’s acronyms/vocabularies-having a broader overview about the issues discussed in different meetings during the past day.
In terms of Networking, information sharing and collaboration, the Fellowship Meeting was an extraordinary one, exceeding my expectations: I met and had discussions with prominent individuals such as Janice Lange Anne –Rachel Inne, Anne Lord of ISOC, and others who are tirelessly working to bridge the digital divide, making the Internet what it is today. What was most interesting to me was that Janice, Anne-Michel and Anne Lord are people who are interested in other people and their views. They are willing at all times to help, and to answer questions without delay, and they helped me with ideas and strategies that I can apply to help me with the evolution of Internet in my home country, Liberia. We spontaneously shared experiences and dialogues in finding the way out to make my region, Africa, and especially my home country Liberia strong when it comes to Internet issues, and about how we can work together, help each other grow and expand the works of the Fellowship Program, ICANN in general, and ISOC.