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Icann President Sees Growth and International Acceptance


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ICANN president and CEO Fadi Chehade.

ICANN president and CEO Fadi Chehade says the organization has expanded its focus beyond Europe and the United States in the past year.

Credit: InternetGovernance.org

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has embarked on a path toward becoming a more international organization over the past year, says Fadi Chehade, who took over as president and CEO last July.

In an interview, Chehade said that in the past year, the organization has expanded its focus beyond Europe and the United States, doubled its staff resources, and established a complementary relationship with world organizations.

Chehade noted that ICANN needs to work with many international organizations, and suggested that recent remarks by International Telecommunications Union Secretary General Hamadoun Toure show that relations on the issue of internationalization are improving. "We are not a UN organization or a government organization and we must constantly find our legitimacy in a different way," he said. "When it starts looking as if people are having a hard time participating in our meetings, then we are losing our legitimacy."

Chehade also noted the growth of the Government Advisory Council is a sign of the evolving role of governments.

In addition, he said the Registrar Accreditation Agreement was not about ICANN regulating registrars. "We made it clear that we had common goals and had to make compromises for the benefit of end users," Chehade said.

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