Following initial reports in February that ICANN plans to set up new offices as part of its global expansion strategy, ICANN has confirmed it will establish new hubs outside the U.S. to reflect its status as a global organisation.
Singapore is being considered as a base in Asia, and Istanbul ,Turkey is thought the most likely choice for the EMEA region. Los Angeles will remain the base for North and South America.
ICANN CEO and chair Fadi Chehadé told Gulf News: “We are not taking ICANN out of the U.S., we will distribute it around the U.S.. The plan is to take all of our core operations and divide it into three global hubs based on time zones.”
Chehadé is attending the Arab Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Meeting, being hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, to seek more commitment from the Arab states.
In addition to the three global ‘hubs’, ICANN plans to create engagement offices, which will contain local people to understand the needs of each region that ICANN will be serving. Chehadé stressed that the intention for globalisation is good, but the way ICANN executes it is crucial.