Fidya Shabrina, Research Associate of Center for Digital Society (CfDS), represented Indonesia in the annual Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 66th meeting in Montreal, Canada 2-7 November 2019. ICANN is a multistakeholder organization that maintains the stability and security of the worldwide Internet. The meeting was attended by more than 1700 participants from around the world; bringing together international stakeholders from governments, businesses, civil society, non-profit institutions, research institutes, communities, and others.
One of the highlights in the ICANN 66 meeting is about universal acceptance. Universal Acceptance is a foundational requirement for a truly multilingual Internet, one in which users around the world can navigate entirely in local languages. The Universal Acceptance Group is a community-based team that helps software developers and website owners understand to keep pace with an evolving Domain Name System. Universal acceptance will allow the next billions of users to build their own space and identity online.
Everyone uses the Internet, but not everyone understands how it works. Therefore, it is necessary to benchmark the initiative and socialization to the community. "The benchmark of innovation is crucial. This allows us to measure achievements that have been achieved and that are waiting to be completed. This is a global scale initiative; yet the implementation is done by local people. Community involvement is a key performance indicator of this innovation,” said Fidya.
Indonesian youth interested in Internet governance have the opportunity to learn about the free Internet administration in 2020 in Malaysia. Indonesian youth aged 18-30 years and studying in Indonesia or other countries in the Asia-Pacific region can join the NextGen@ICANN program for ICANN 68 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 22 – 25 June 2020.
“Indonesia hosts hundreds of millions internet users. We should contribute by sharing our perspective and ideas to the world for a better, stronger internet” said Fidya.
Writer: Fidya Sabrina