As national governments respond to the challenges posed by the Internet, the response has to be multinational and multi stakeholder
A perfect example is GDPR. It is national legislation, impacting on the 27 countries of the EU. But its impact was much broader: on the technical community - how do we reengineer our process to meet the new requirements; on the intellectual property practitioners - how do we track down the miscreants; to law enforcement agencies - how do we deal with security threats without the information we use to have; and to the public - what does this mean for our privacy and our security. It was around the ICANN ‘table’ that the various interests had to be heard, had to be addressed.
There are other examples where national rules will require an international, multistakeholder response. For example, Australia’s recent inquiry into digital platforms touched on several issues: consent and privacy, anti-competitive conduct, the use of algorithms and transparency, the impact on national communications - particularly news. Already, other countries are watching, and already, responses will likely be similar. Again, in the end, the response will be multinational and multistakeholder.
The issue for ICANN, and particularly for ALAC, is the effectiveness of the model and ensuring that the voices of those impacted globally are at the table and heard.Agenda: https://community.icann.org/x/tANtCQ
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