Managing Critical Internet Resources

07 November 2012 - A Main Session on Baku,Azerbaijan


This main session will explore some of the issues pertaining to Critical Internet Resources, and associated Internet Governance policy frameworks.

Question 1: New gTLDs: How are governments and other actors reacting to the first round of applications? Which character strings have given rise to controversy among which actors, and why? Do names related to highly generic terms, geographical, or culturally sensitive words raise special concerns for the global community? How should ICANN respond to the concerns being expressed? What larger questions, if any, does this process raise for the governance of domain names?

Question 2: IPv4 markets and the transition to IPv6: because of the incompatibility of IPv6 and IPv4, networks that adopt v6 must continue to run IPv4. How long before we can shut off IPv4? Since about 1/3 of the IPv4 address space is currently unused, would an efficient transfer market allow the life of IPv4 to be extended for decades? IPv4 scarcity and transfer markets have raised questions about the RIR's "needs assessment" policies, should we do away these, or rather retain them prevent hoarding and speculation? Could it be helpful to allow organizations holding surplus address blocks to lease them out to other users without formally transferring them? In order to keep IPv4 blocks available for smaller applicants, the RIRs have adopted a "last /8" policy that doles out one small chunk per applicant until the pool is gone. What are the benefits and risks of this policy?

Question 3: There has been much debate in recent months about some of the proposals that have been advanced for ITU's upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), to be held in Dubai this December. Which of the various proposals for a revised International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR) treaty could directly impact the operation and use of the Internet, whether for better or worse? Would the adoption of such proposals render the ITRs a form of intergovernmental global Internet governance? To the extent that the proposals reflect serious concerns faced by nationstates and stakeholders around the world, are the proposed treaty provisions the best ways to address them, or may there be superior alternatives available?

Question 4: There has been much debate at both successive IGFs and in other international forums about the concept of Enhanced Cooperation that is set out in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society. Some actors point out that enhanced cooperation is being actively pursued in multiple international bodies and processes concerned with global Internet governance. Other actors maintain that this work has not been sufficient with respect to enabling the establishment of international public policies for the Internet, and that some sort of additional new process or body may be needed. Which issues, if any, might require attention that they cannot receive within the existing institutional ecosystem? Where, if anywhere, should these items be taken up? Could the IGF provide the appropriate multistakeholder setting in which to pursue these issues?


Mr. Elchin Aliyev, President, “Sinam” Company, Azerbaijan


William J Drake, International Fellow and Lecturer, Media Change & Innovation Division,The Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, the University of Zurich, Switzerland
Chris Disspain, Chief Executive Officer of .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), Australia

Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator (Head of Office) for the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Office of International Affairs, Government of the United States of America
Franklin Netto, Head of the Division for the Information Society, Ministry of External Relations, Government of Brazil
Alice Munyua, Chair of the Kenya Internet Governance Steering Committee, Ministry of Information and Communications, Government of Kenya
Luigi Gambardella, Chairman Executive Board, European Telecommunications Network Operators, Belgium
David Gross, Partner at Wiley Rein, Chair of USCIB ICT Committee, and former Ambassador United States of America
Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Australia
Pedro Veiga, Pofessor of Computer Networks at University of Lisbon, and President of the Portuguese Foundation for National Scientific Computation, Portugal
Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa
Milton Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies, and Partner, the Internet Governance Project, United States of America
Feeder workshops

WS 76: What is the best response to IPv4 scarcity? Exploring a global transfer market for IPv4 addresses (possible feeder for question 5)

WS 140: The International Telecommunication Regulations and Internet Governance: Multistakeholder Perspectives (possible feeder for question 4)