Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich

IKMZ - Department of Communication and Media Research

Media Change & Innovation Division

Andreasstrasse 15
CH-8050 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 635 20 92
Fax +41 (0)44 634 49 34


  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a global multistakeholder organization that is responsible for key elements of Internet governance, such as the coordination of the Domain Name System, Internet Protocol addresses, space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions.  From 11-16 March 2012, ICANN held its 43rd public meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica.  The meeting was attended by an estimated 1,500 people, and was opened with a speech by Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.  The Division was represented at the meeting by Dr. William J. Drake, International Fellow, who holds two elected positions in ICANN:  He is a member, representing the Noncommercial Stakeholders Group, of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization, the body responsible for coordinating global policy for gTLDs; and a member of the Board of Directors of the European At Large Organization, which speaks for European users in various ICANN processes.  In addition to participating in policy deliberations and negotiations throughout the week, Drake also gave a presentation on the history of the International Telecommunication Regulations in the workshop, "ICANN and the Internet Governance Landscape."


    Dr. Drake also participated in the annual meeting of South School on Internet Governance, which was held in Bogota, Colombia from 19-23 March.   The South School is linked to the European Summer School on Internet Governance that is held every July in Meissen, Germany; both provide intensive capacity building training for students selected from academic, government, business and civil society organizations around the world.  Drake, who has served as a core faculty member of both programs since the initiative began in 2007, gave a lecture on "Internet Governance for Development."