(No.93) Around the ccTLDs world: The journey continues
The speakers will address the following questions:
Q4: To what extent do Internet based services offer new and radically different opportunities to help families, social groups, communities and broader structures in society organize and re-organize themselves when challenged by natural disaster or strife?
Managing Critical Internet Resources
Q5: What new developments pose specific new policy and technical challenges?
• Introduction of new gTLDs
Questions for feeder workshops:
Question 2: What is the relationship of the multi-stakeholder accountability mechanisms and the overall goal of enhanced cooperation?
Access and Diversity
Q2: What are the legal policy and regulatory choices including enabling environments that foster infrastructure investment, particularly for developing countries?
Q4: What challenges do filtering, blocking and the diversity of national legal frameworks more generally pose to ensuring access and diversity?
Q7: How do language barriers impact access to the Internet?
The workshop fits perfectly in the high-level principles of the Tunis agenda as well as in the key themes of the next IGF in Baku. As a matter of fact, it will touch base on the following themes: Access and diversity, Managing Critical Internet Resources and Emerging Issues. Moreover, as the range of activities covered by the ccTLDs is extremely broad, it is likely that some of the speakers may touch on how certain aspects – like security and privacy – are managed at local and/or regional level.
The workshop intends to show the diversity of country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) policy models and the best practice exchanges in this context. There are more than 250 ccTLD extensions globally. Each ccTLD represents the country’s national identity on the web. The ccTLDs and gTLDs community has been defined as one of the backbones of the Internet ecosystem. During the 2012 ICANN meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, ICANN celebrated 27 TLDs that have hit the 25-year mark.
These ccTLDs have gone through enormous changes over more than two decades of activity. They coped with several emerging issues, like national-regional-international deregulations, IDNs, DNSSEC and other security measures, business continuity, law enforcement and privacy matters. A striking characteristic of ccTLDs is the variety of policies they work with. This workshop will present the evolution of the ccTLD against the various matters that impacted the TLD landscape in the recent years and those that are likely to change the TLD landscape like the forthcoming introduction of the new TLDs.
A question and answer session will follow with the guidance of a moderator. The Q&A session will be based on the comparison of the different models and will aim to further stimulate the dialogue, educate the audience and demonstrate the importance of best practice sharing.
The core message of the workshop is to show how different approaches serve different local needs and how the TLDs are interacting with the local government or supra-national organisations. Moreover, the workshop intends to underscore how the various TLD models have been contributing to the human, economic and social development by expanding multiculturalism and multilingualism via the projects that the TLD operators have set up at local level to educate and outreach their community.
These presentations and discussions build up valuable case studies for anyone with an interest in the grassroots basic of internet governance.
This workshop is organised by the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, CENTR, in cooperation with the four regional ccTLD organisations. With the inclusion of speakers from ISOC, national governments, service providers, international organisations and the ccTLDs the multistakeholder approach is adequately ensured. Moreover, by selecting gender balanced speakers from APTLD (Asia and the Pacific), AFTLD (Africa), CENTR (Europe) and LACTLD (Latin-America and the Caribbean) this workshop offers a truly global perspective on the issue.
CENTR organised at least one workshop during each IGF meeting since 2006. All workshops were extremely well attended. CENTR holds regularly meetings and conferences, often in cooperation with other organisations.
The workshop follows up the educational path CENTR launched at the very first IGF in Athens (http://www.wwtld.org/meetings/cctld/20061101.Athens-IGF-IRT-Report.pdf). The presentations will confirm both that each ccTLD has the best tools to address the needs and expectations of its Local Internet Community and that recent changes in the ccTLD space – like the introduction of the IDN ccTLDs and the so-called geo-local TLDs – can represent an added value to make Internet more socially-inclusive and attentive to the needs of specific segments of the world-wide population.
Mr. William Dee, European Commission - Confirmed
Ms. Carolina Aguerre, LACTLD - Confirmed
Mr. Barrack Ong'ondo Otieno, AFTLD - Confirmed
Mr. Konstantinos Komaitis, ISOC - Confirmed
Ms. Anne-Rachel Inné, AFRINIC - Confirmed
Mr. Marco Pancini, Google - Confirmed
A series of questions will be addressed to all the speakers, and particularly to the TLD representatives, on the range of issues confronting ccTLDs. This would enshrine the basic principle that there is "no one size fits all".
Following the 6 workshops previously organised by the Regional ccTLD organisations we commit to gender and geographical diversity when selecting the panellists.