Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is holding its 57thmeeting in Hyderabad, India (Nov 3-9, 2016). It is the organization’s first annual meeting after the US ceded control of Internet Governance to ICANN, on September 30, 2016.
Following the decision to cede US Government control on Internet policy, four states of USA (Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada) had contested the move and filed a lawsuit in Texas against the US Government to block the transition after they failed to get Congress block the move. Now, these states have voluntarily dropped the lawsuit, earlier this week, paving way for global stakeholders to play a greater role in evolving the future of Internet.
The Hyderabad meeting (ICANN57), is being hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), with support from the Government of Telangana. Here international stakeholders from the government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities among others will discuss a broad range of Internet-related topics and develop policies for the Domain Name System.