"Virtually all ICC members are directly or indirectly affected by ICANN's work, and the security, stability and consistent functioning of the domain name system is of high priority to them. ICANN's technical coordination role is integral to the acceleration of Internet penetration around the world, and the growth of the Information Society so vital for socio-economic development."
International Chamber of Commerce, the world business organization-ICC, Paris.
"The continued stability of the Internet is of critical importance to all of our members."
U. S. COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, USA
"For the commercial Internet, the rubber first meets the road at ICANN. It is imperative that businesses that utilize the Internet as a platform for commerce and expression engage in ICANN policymaking – and there is no better way to do that than via the BC.”
Christopher Wilson, Vice President of Government Affairs, 21st Century Fox
Welcome to Copenhagen and ICANN 58! This meeting kicks-off what will assuredly be a busy and productive 2017. The Business Constituency (BC), per usual, remains actively involved in ICANN’s policy-making processes. Already in 2017, as of this writing, the BC has commented on four separate items affecting the ICANN community, including ICANN’s anti-harassment policy. And the BC intends to continue to be the voice of business users at ICANN throughout the year.
This year marks the first full year ICANN has been free of any U.S. government oversight and work continues in this regard, including community work on ICANN’s “transparency” and “jurisdiction,” among other subject matters. Meanwhile, vitally important policy work that occurred in 2016 continues this year, in particular that being done by Working Groups related to new gTLDs (e.g., Subsequent Procedures and Rights Protection Mechanisms) and Next Generation Registration Directory Service, carries on. The BC has a variety of its members actively advocating in these WGs and will continue to provide cogent input on an ongoing basis.
Recognizing that the internet affects business users all over the world, the BC strives to expand outreach to the broader business community. In this regard, BC representatives will be attending an outreach event at the ICANN meeting on Tuesday, March 14, during the lunch hour. The BC welcomes all business and commercial users of the Internet to join us then to learn more about what the BC does and how membership in the BC can lead to positive engagement within the broader ICANN community.
The BC is excited for 2017 and looks forward to interacting with the broader ICANN community in Copenhagen. The BC’s members take seriously the BC’s role within the ICANN community and look forward to another engaging meeting.
For more information regarding the BC, please go to our updated website at bizconst.org.
Chair, Business Constituency