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Some of the ISOC chapters and members are participating in ICANN activities. Do you see that as a good evolution for ISOC? What do you want to recommend for the future?

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2 Responses to “Q9: ISOC and ICANN”

  1. Comment by: Ganesh   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 11:49 am

    ISOC and ICANN are wheels of a same cart. They have to work hand-in-hand to solve the issues related to Internet. I think there is lot of synergies in working of both the organizations. ICANN should use ISOC chapters to reach out the end-users across the globe. ICANN should draw upon ISOC expertise & knowledge base while creating policies for common man.

  2. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 24th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    The relationship between ISOC and ICANN is also a complex one and it goes through huge ups and downs.

    ISOC must remember genetically that it wished and assisted ICANN’s birth, and that it is perceived as part of a complex in which both entities are associated. That this is true must be made always into a positive. There must be frank and open discussion among the leaderships of both organizations on critical issues and tactics. ISOC is the natural locus for many of the issues which lie outside ICANN’s mission and are often brought to ICANN under a heading that almost reads “solve this because you are in charge of the Internet.”

    It is inevitable that ISOC Chapters form part of ICANN’s structures and/or are deeply entangled in them. In many countries the number of people with expertise and dedication to policy issues is small and cannot be neatly split into “pure ISOC” and “pure ICANN” groups; it comprises operators, ccTLD managers, people with influence in policy, developers, company owners, government officials, etc.

    For the future we need to have better communication at that level too, and from chapters and individuals to ISOC’s staff and leaders and viceversa. As ISOC has become an influential voice in the IGF, whose core concern becomes again and again the ICANN field of action, it happens that ISOC, ICANN, the RIRs, and a few other key Internet actors are under the same attack and therefore must coordinate to provide leadership into a constructive atmosphere which also is not naive about the attack.

    ISOC Chapters often help sort out issues and channel them to the appropriate venues; to ICANN if it is the pertinent one, and elsewhere if not. ISOC helps enlighten the community (local or global) about the issues that are not in ICANN’s mission and must be more and more prepared to deliver solutions or guidance to solutions – and to build them.

    For the 2008-2009 juncture, and the years after that, the termination of the agreement presently valid between ICANN and the US Government will need intense attention. ISOC will have to find a smart, principles-based way to assist the transtion to a self-regulation regime that is sustainable and as much as possible immune to capture by special interests. ICANN has been the field in which the Internet’s governance has been built by example, not without a lot of learning from mistakes, and whatever happens in this field will have long-term repercussions for the whole of the Internet. ISOC must be prepared both to participate in defining ICANN’s course and to work and struggle with other, often powerful, entities which may either want to alter that course detrimentally, or by omission let others do so.

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