APC's Joy Liddicoat to advise on critical internet governance issues

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, nov. 4

APC is proud to announce that Joy Liddicoat has just been elected for a two-year term to the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) Council. This council is one of the key venues through which civil society can voice its opinions and effect internet governance policy and acts as a direct conduit to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) which lies at the heart of the internet’s critical infrastructure.

The GNSO is tasked primarily with making policy recommendations to ICANN regarding generic top-level domains (gTLDs), with the goal of ensuring that these are fairly distributed in a manner that enables innovation and competition. This includes the most common domains like “.com” and “.net”.

GNSO Council members are elected from a variety of different stakeholder groups, including commercial entities, internet service providers and NGOs. The council deals with a number of important issues, such as: the process regarding applications for new gTLDs, as well as the requirements for WHOIS services (that is, data provided to the public regarding certain domain names, such as the Registered Name Holder).

Joy, who was elected by ICANN’s Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG), says “APC has been a member of the NCUC for many years and I’m grateful to be given this opportunity to represent the NCSG membership. I would encourage anyone who is interested in these issues to join NCSG and be part of helping to shape these important issues”.

Joy Liddicoat is a former New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner and the Project Coordinator for Connect your rights! As Joy explained at the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, we cannot have internet governance without human rights. Her election is an important development as APC and other non-profit bodies explore the option of ICANN reserving some gTLDs such as city domains (like “.nyc”) as public goods.

More generally, APC is looking to reignite its participation in ICANN, particularly in relation to freedom of expression and freedom of association, women’s rights, and developing country issues , in support of our work on ICTs for development and the protection and promotion of human rights. Both are integral features of APC’s Strategic Priorities for 2009-2012.