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MOSCOW, MARCH 2, 2015. PIR PRESS - «One of the key points of the 52nd ICANN Meeting agenda was the discussion of possible scenarios of IANA functions transition from National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the U.S. Department of Commerce to the internet community. As no consensus was reached that would take into account views of all concerned stakeholders, many experts doubt that the task can be fulfilled before the contract between NTIA and ICANN expires in September 2015. The fate of the contract will be clarified during the ICANN June meeting in Buenos-Aires” – PIR Center’s “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova.

The 52nd ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) meeting took place in Singapore on February 8-12, 2015. That was one of three traditional yearly meetings that gather corporation’s staff and extended circle of individuals and organizations, responsible for shaping the ecosystem of global internet governance.

The Singapore meeting gathered about 1800 experts and governmental and industry representatives. The Russian delegation at GAC (Governmental Advisory Committee) sessions was headed by Yulia Elanskaya, Deputy Head of the Department of international cooperation of Russian Ministry of Communications. Russian industry was represented by Andrey Kolesnikov, Director of the Coordination Centre for TLD .RU/.РФ, Michael Medrish, Director of the Foundation for Assistance of Internet development "Internet Support Fund", Leonid Todorov, recently appointed top manager of Council of the Asia Pacific Country Code Top Level Domains (APTLD), and others. PIR Center was represented by the “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” Program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova.

The issue of IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) functions transition and related question of ICANN accountability dominated the Meeting. Larry Srtickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the U.S. Department of Commerce, claimed at the official opening of the Meeting that the date of 30 September 2015 is not the deadline for the IANA functions transition to internet-community and NTIA is ready to prolong it’s contract for 2 or more years for fruitful and qualitative work on transition proposal. As there is still no consolidated opinion about the appropriate architecture of IANA functions implementation, there are a lot of doubts that such transition will happen on the date. It seems that the further fate of the contract will be clarified during the June meeting in Buenos-Aires, where the final proposal on IANA transition is to be presented.

During the GAC session was voiced Russian official position on the shutdown of Crimean domains by American registrars that, accordingly to Russian Ministry of Communications, violates the right of users for equal accesses to information.  One of the outcomes of the Meeting was the decision to create a standing working group on human rights within ICANN where such issues and related procedures are likely to be discussed.

The need to prolong the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) mandate after mandate of WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) expires this year was clearly stated at the Meeting. These issues of global internet governance will be considered at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

These and other issues of global internet governance and information security were covered by the PIR Center’s “CyberPulse” E-Journal, #1, 2015 (in Russian):

Jan-Jacques Sahel, ICANN Vice-President on Europe (in Russian), stressed the progress which was achieved since the announcement of IANA transition last year.

Desiree Miloshevic, ISOC Board member (in Russian), pointed that “each individual concerned with this topic can participate in discussion and contribute to the creation of new enhanced IANA structure”.

Michael Medrish, Director of the Internet Support Foundation (in Russian), put his attention on the absence of “appropriate procedures in ICANN that would help the users to save their domain names”.

Michael Yakushev, ICANN Vice-President on Russia, CIS and East Europe (in Russian), highlighted the importance of “extension of the amount of top domain registrars as well as distribution of DNS servers worldwide” for ensuring stability of the Internet as a global network.

PIR Center actively develops research and training programs in the field of information-communicational technologies in the context of international security within the program “International information security and global Internet governance”. In 2014 PIR Center conducted a training program “Global internet governance and cybersecurity for young experts” and Cyber Module at International School on Global Security in 2014.

For questions regarding the PIR Center’s “International information security and global Internet governance” program, please, contact the program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova by phone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or by email  [email protected].