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Wednesday, May 16 • 12:00 - 13:15
Is Multistakeholder Internet Governance Advancing, Dying, or Evolving?

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This session, jointly organized by UNESCO and ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users’ Constituency, aims to foster a robust discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of multistakeholder models and to develop recommendations to improve these processes in the future.

Multistakeholder governance models are built around the idea of bringing diverse stakeholders together to collaborate on policy making solutions. These models have become particularly prevalent in Internet governance, where representatives from the commercial, technical, academic, governmental and civil society sectors all have a seat at the table and share a role in policymaking. However, systems that are designed to be egalitarian can nonetheless manifest biases in practice. In ICANN’s case, although the IANA transition has already occurred, uncertainty persists over where governments’ role in Internet governance ends and ICANN’s begins, allowing the former to wield a powerful stick over the process. Meanwhile, human rights advocates and other non-commercial interests, who in theory engage on an equal footing with their counterparts from the business community, can be placed at a natural disadvantage by the fact that they generally have fewer resources to work with.

The session will welcome participants from ICANN and from CGI.br, as well as multistakeholder Internet governance participants from civil society, academia, and the private sector, to discuss the challenges and future of multistakeholder Internet governance. Among the entry points to the discussion will be a recent study released by UNESCO, “What if we all governed the Internet? Advancing multistakeholder participation in Internet governance”, which was developed as part of the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom.

The session will be moderated by UNESCO representative Ms. Xianhong Hu and Mr. Michael Karanicolas of the Executive Committee of ICANN's Non-Commercial Users’ Constituency.

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Xianhong Hu

Programme Specialist, UNESCO
Dr. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO’s Programme Specialist at the Sector of Communication and Information since 2006. Her expertise and responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression, privacy, journalism, media development, Internet governance and AI policies. She has followed the... Read More →
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Michael Karanicolas

President, Right to Know Coalition

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Kathy Brown

President / CEO, Internet Society
Kathryn C. Brown joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. A veteran of Internet policy development and initiatives that have aided in the Internet’s global expansion, Ms. Brown leads the Internet Society in its mission to keep the Internet... Read More →
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Jeremy Malcolm

Senior Global Policy Analyst, EFF
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Kyung Sin (KS) Park

Professor/Director, Korea University Law School/Open Net
Co-founder of www.opennetkorea.org. Served as Commissioner at Korean Communication Standards Commission, a Presidentially appointed Internet content regulation body (2011-2014). Served as Member of the National Media Commission, a Parliament-appointed advisory body on newspaper-broadcasting... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT