The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the internet's unique identifiers. Through its coordination role of the internet's naming system, it has an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the internet. In 2015, ICANN supported APC for the production of the publication “The Working Group on Internet Governance: 10th Anniversary Reflections” In 2013 the ICANN NonCommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) supported the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). In 2016, ICANN supported APC with an African IGF Sponsorship and provided support for the 2016 AfriSIG.
APC recognises the internet as a global public good, which should be governed in an inclusive, transparent, democratic and accountable manner. The lack of transparency, consultation and accountability around the proposed sale of .ORG is in stark contrast to the principles of multistakeholder governance that ISOC promotes in other areas of its work and operations.
AfriSIG is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates.
This book, written by former WGIG members and others who played key roles in the debates on the WGIG and WSIS, reflects on the WGIG’s procedural and substantive contributions to the evolving global internet governance dialogue and institutional ecosystem.