[Comments-fy19-budget-19jan18] Comments on ICANN Budget

Jaifa Margarita Mezher Arango jmezher at mintic.gov.co
Thu Mar 8 17:55:20 UTC 2018

Dear all,
Understanding the commitment of ICANN to the multistakeholder internet governance model, I am writing in order to request support for the maintenance of the sponsorship to ICANNWiki in the FY19 budget and beyond, and to analyze the support given to the travel budget for SO/ACs.
Based on our experience with ICANNWiki and supported by their Annual Report for 2016-2017, we believe they play an important role in making ICANN become more accessible, engaging and inclusive towards all its community. ICANNWiki has identified a total of 320,977 unique site visitors from more than 195 different countries. Also, ICANNWiki has reached a total amount of 6,800 neutral and well-referenced articles, including more than 3,000 profiles about community members itself. Last but not least, the wiki production is now available in 5 additional languages, beyond English, which gather an overall of 442 articles written by 248 contributors, this proves that diversity and inclusiveness.
On the other hand, as members of the internet community and ICANN Fellowship Program beneficiaries, we have evidenced how ICANNWiki is an essential source of information, interaction and dialogue within the global internet governance community. Throughout our attendance to this specific program, ICANNWiki has proven that the existing tools provided by their team, are key in receiving a proper internet governance training and update dialogues in several discussions.
 Finally, the travel support to SO and ACs and also the different program for newcomers could be maintained and even enhanced by using creative ways of making them more sustainable. Some ideas: offer different types of fellowships, like partial funding (ticket or hotel), offer only full fellowship for those participants that do really need it to participate, let those who want to travel business and can afford it make an upgrade on their own, among other ideas that may come up.

Considering the above, we respectfully ask the Board to bear in mind this request.

Jaifa Mezher Arango
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