ICANN 80 preview: How to create a sustainable internet?

  • ICANN 80 meeting will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 10–13 June 2024, contributing to discussions on critical issues facing the Internet ecosystem.
  • Discussions will revolve around access to gTLD registration data and mitigation of DNS abuse, highlighting the importance of transparency and security in the rapidly growing Internet landscape.

ICANN 80 Policy Forum will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, spanning from 10–13 June 2024. This four-day meeting will delve into critical issues facing the Internet ecosystem.

About ICANN 80 Policy Forum

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a global multistakeholder group and nonprofit organization headquartered in the United States responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces and numerical spaces of the Internet, ensuring the Internet’s stable and secure operation.

The upcoming ICANN80 Policy Forum is set to take place from 10–13 June 2024 in the vibrant city of Kigali, Rwanda, at the Kigali Convention Centre. Rwanda is notable in Africa for its advances in the digital economy, exemplified by its innovative initiatives fostering tech innovation and digital infrastructure development.

Organized by ICANN and led by the ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, this four-day meeting will delve into critical issues facing the Internet ecosystem.  

Also read: ICANN 79 review: Shaping the future of internet governance

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

gTLD to be discussed

At the forefront of discussions will be preparations for the next round of the New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program. With a focus on Internationalized Domain Names and the Applicant Support Program, participants will explore ways to foster inclusivity and accessibility in the domain name space, ensuring that the Internet remains a truly global resource.

Another highlight of the meeting will be the ongoing dialogue surrounding access to gTLD registration data and the mitigation of Domain Name System abuse. As Internet usage continues to soar globally, safeguarding against abuse and ensuring the transparency of registration data are paramount to maintaining trust and security online.

The ICANN80 Policy Forum in Kigali represents a unique opportunity for stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to come together and shape the future of Internet governance. As the countdown to ICANN80 begins, anticipation is high for the meaningful discussions, collaborations, and decisions that will emerge from this meeting.


Iris Deng

Iris Deng, an intern reporter at BTW media dedicated in Fintech and Blockchain. She is studying English at Hangzhou Dianzi University. Send tips to i.deng@btw.media.

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