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Sunday, November 6 • 15:15 - 16:45
Exploring the Public Interest Within ICANN's Remit

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Background & Context
Discussions around the concept of the public interest within ICANN's remit have been taking place for many years. 
In 2013-2014, the Strategy Panel on Public Responsibility Framework explored this topic and, in consultations with the community, proposed the following definition for the global public interest in relation to the Internet:
[E]nsuring that the Internet becomes, and continues to be, stable, inclusive, and accessible across the globe so that all may enjoy the benefits of a single and open Internet. In addressing its public responsibility, ICANN must build trust in the Internet and its governance ecosystem.
While this definition has been well received, there is a desire to revisit. 
A high interest session took place at ICANN55, which helped build on previous discussions, but did not lead to concrete recommendations for next steps. Following ICANN55, the At-Large Advisory Committee created a Working Group to further explore the concept of the public interest. 
As the organization readies for significant changes, it is important to carry the conversation forward.  
A panel comprised of members of the ICANN community will lead the discussion. 
Agenda Details
15:15 – 15:20 Setting the Scene, Olivier Crepin-Leblond, EURALO Chair
15:20 – 15:40 Historical & Political Nuances of the Concept of the Global Public Interest: Examples from Europe & India, Wolf Ludwig, EURALO & Rajesh Chharia, ISPAI
15:40 – 16:10 Reaching a Shared Understanding: The Concept of the Public Interest at ICANN and its Application, Jonathan Robinson, GNSO & Becky Burr, GNSO
16:10 – 16:20 Explore How Public Interest Could be Operationalized as the Basis for Decision-making at ICANN, Thomas Schneider, GAC 
16: 20 –16:40 Open Mic 
16:40 – 16:45 Next Steps, Olivier Crepin-Leblond
Relevant Documents:  • Strategy Panel on Public Responsibility Framework report: http://bit.ly/1zEdR1D   • ICANN55 high interest session materials: http://bit.ly/2b3ym1R   • Wikispace: http://bit.ly/icannPI   • Mailing list: http://bit.ly/Pimailer  
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Staff Leader: Ergys Ramaj

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Ergys Ramaj

Director of Collaborations, ICANN



Sunday November 6, 2016 15:15 - 16:45
Hall 3 (Main)

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