At the opening ceremony of ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting yesterday (Feb 9), Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, and former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, talked about the success of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.
"Singapore supports the shift to a multistakeholder model. We have consistently articulated our belief that no one person, organisation, or even country, has a monopoly on the expertise and wisdom needed to meet the challenges that we are facing on the Internet on a day-to-day basis," said Ibrahim. "Such an inclusive, multistakeholder approach will enhance the Internet's role as a catalyst for information flow and economic activity."
"The fact of the matter is the Internet has worked and the growth has been phenomenal. The growth to WiFi, mobile, and now the Internet of Things has all worked," added Magaziner, highlighting the "tremendous success" emerging from this model.
Meanwhile, ICANN President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, spoke about ICANN's continued prioritisation of both maintaining the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) and reinforcing the multistakeholder model of governance.
"First, we have continued to strengthen the confidence in our operations," said Chehadé. "Then we have continued to make sure that our community and multistakeholder model is strong. All of this must continue to be rooted in the global public interest."
The start of the meeting comes on the heels of an announcement that, with the recent delegation of .NTT, .chat, .toshiba and .canon, the new gTLD program has delegated over 500 new strings into the root zone of the Internet.
"This is a significant milestone for the new gTLD program," said Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD). "The Program continues to make advancements and enable enhanced competition, innovation and choice."
More than 1,200 members of the global multistakeholder community from over 100 different countries will meet over the course of the week, both in-person and remotely, to discuss and debate the future of ICANN and Internet governance.
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