ICANN 79 review: Shaping the future of internet governance

  • APNIC actively engaged in the ICANN 79 meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 2 to March 7, 2024, contributing to discussions on internet governance and infrastructure.
  • The recent ICANN 79 meeting attracted over 1,700 participants, both onsite and remotely, focusing on policy matters and operational challenges, with a strong emphasis on advancing internet governance and digital cooperation.
  • Paul Wilson contributed insights on RIR transfer policies, IPv6 promotion, and the technical community’s role in internet governance discussions.

APNIC, the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre, actively participated in the ICANN 79 meeting, which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, spanning from March 2 to March 7, 2024.

About ICANN meeting

ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a non-profit organisation responsible for overseeing domain names, IP addresses, and protocol parameters on the Internet.

The ICANN meeting serves as platform for stakeholders from around the world to discuss and address issues related to internet governance, domain names, IP addresses, and other key aspects of the internet’s infrastructure.

The 79th ICANN meeting saw the participation of over 1,700 individuals, both onsite and remotely, aimed at deliberating on diverse policy and operational issues, notably emphasising Internet governance and advancing digital cooperation.

Also read: What is ICANN? Inside the non-profit org that ensures the stability of the internet

APINIC activities

Paul Wilson, who serves as the former director general of APNIC, provided insights and statistics regarding RIR transfer policies and the promotion of IPv6 in various sessions.

He also participated in discussions addressing the issues arising from the fragmentation of the internet, and he delivered a statement regarding the role of the technical community within the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.

Also read: Paul Wilson resigns as Director General of APNIC

ICANN convenes meetings three times annually in various global locales. The forthcoming ICANN80 Policy Forum is scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from June 10 to 13, 2024.


Sylvia Shen

Sylvia Shen is an editorial assistant at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Fintech and Blockchain. She graduated from the University of California, Davis. Send tips to s.shen@btw.media.

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