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<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:center"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:15px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">The Internet Governance Community in the Arab World</span></p>


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<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:center"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:15px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">
 The US Government Decision to Transfer its Oversight function on the 
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority &ldquo;IANA&rdquo; to the Global 
&nbsp;Multi-stakeholder Community </span></p><br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:15px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold"></span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:justify">


<span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">It
 is a true and great moment for Internet governance and it is with great
 pleasure that we receive news from the National Telecommunication and 
Information Administration (</span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:italic;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">NTIA)</span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"> of the </span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:italic;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">US Department of Commerce (DoC)</span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"> that it intends to transition and globalize IANA&rsquo;s oversight functions and move towards a true global multi-stakeholder model.</span></p>


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<span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">The
 envisaged model should be based on participation of all stakeholder 
groups, each in their respective roles. It should be global, </span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">inclusive,</span>
transparent, neutral and free of control from any government or company. <br></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"><br>


</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">The new
 model should also build upon the principles of the World Summit on the 
Information Society, Tunis Agenda as well as the processes that emerged 
out of it pertaining to Internet Governance.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"><br>


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<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:justify"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">We
 appreciate and intend to be fully engaged in the consultation process 
which must be open to all stakeholders, transparent, fair, engaging, 
representative and reflects global geographical diversity. The 
consultation process should lead to the definition of, and the 
transition towards, a fully engaging model where different people and 
nations around the world have an equal voice in the process of governing
 the Internet.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align:justify"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"><br>


</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;;font-weight:normal"> </span></p>


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">While
 recognizing ICANN&rsquo;s successful stewardship in administering the domain 
name system, and in the spirit of keeping the Internet stable, secure, 
resilient and open to all stakeholders on equal footing, we urge 
everyone around the world to be fully engaged in the consultation 
process to make it more representative.</span></p><br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"></span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">


<span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">We
 call upon the convener of the consultation process to make sure that 
all stakeholders (e.g. governments, private sector, civil society, 
academia, technical community and any other interested parties) from the
 different parts of &nbsp;the world are engaged, and that their views are 
fully respected in the process without discrimination either 
economically or politically. We ask for a transparent process that 
allows this engagement, participation and ensures its open to all.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"><br>


</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;;font-weight:normal"> </span></p>


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">Furthermore,
 we emphasize that the envisaged ICANN lead consultation process needs 
to make use of relevant international and regional discussion fora, in 
order to take into consideration the special needs of developing 
countries and least developed countries, particularly in designing 
suitable models and formats of such consultation process. The process 
should also take into account the contributions of the regional IGF 
communities so that the regional perspectives are considered.</span></p><br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"></span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">


<span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal">We
 intend with the support of the Arab IGF conveners to extend our 
dialogue, discussion and contribute to the future planned global 
consultation process on the new governance model of the IANA functions.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><br></p><p style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">


Submitted by Mohamed El Bashir on Behalf of The Internet Governance Community in the Arab World </p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;font-variant:normal;font-style:normal;font-size:13px;text-decoration:none;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal"></span></p>


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