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Ireland supports Multi-stakeholder Internet governance and the IANA stewardship


 
The Irish Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, has said his country supports both the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and IANA stewardship transition, ITRealms gathered.

He stated this during the opening ceremony of International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s) 54th Public Meeting. The meeting, taking place in Dublin, Ireland, from October 18-22, has convened members of the global ICANN community to discuss and develop policy related to the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

“I commend the work of all those who have devoted so much of their time and energy to engage with the multistakeholder process. Ireland firmly supports the multistakeholder model of Internet governance,” White said.. 

The ICANN community, ITRealms gathered, has convened in Dublin to collaborate on a variety of issues impacting the DNS, including a set of proposals related to last year’s announcement that the United States intends to transition its stewardship of the IANA functions, which are key elements of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), to the global multistakeholder community.

White expressed Ireland’s support for the United States’ decision during the ceremony, stating, “I believe that this diverse and vibrant community must have a voice in how the Internet is governed. So I welcome and applaud the decision of the United States government to give voice to this community and to facilitate the transition to a truly multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.”

ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker, a press statement from the organization said, assured the community of the Board’s continued support, stating, "This meeting, ICANN54, is an important milestone. The finish line we believe is now in sight. The Board has certainly come together and is committed to facilitate and support the community in every way that we can, and it's my sincere hope that we all come together in a positive spirit that is punctuated by mutual respect. "

ICANN, ITRealms learnt, also announced the winner of the 2015 Leadership award - Armenian Internet pioneer and former ICANN Fellow Siranush Vardanyan. The award is given to members of the global Internet community who have demonstrated a commitment to protecting and promoting the multi-stakeholder model. 

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