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[bc-gnso] [Soac-infoalert] Conduct at ICANN Meetings - ICANN

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  • Subject: [bc-gnso] [Soac-infoalert] Conduct at ICANN Meetings - ICANN
  • From: Chantelle Doerksen <chantelle.doerksen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:09:09 +0000

Dear all, 

Please see the note below regarding Conduct at ICANN Meetings, from David Olive 
and Akram Atallah. 

Let me know if there are any questions.
Kind regards,


Author: Akram Atallah 
25 Mar 2016
Conduct at ICANN Meetings
During and after ICANN55 the issue of certain community-member conduct toward 
one another has been raised in various sessions and lists. I wanted to 
re-confirm that ICANN’s staff and Board takes the issue of harassment or other 
improper conduct at its meetings very seriously. We do not condone any such 
conduct, and there should be zero tolerance for it within the community.  

As an organization, ICANN has robust internal policies regarding the issue, 
including mandatory training for staff and Board members. However, ICANN 
community members are not bound to the same policies and rules.

We do require all community members to adhere to the Expected Standards of 

While we understand that the language of these Standards does not specifically 
address harassment, these Standards do provide our global, diverse 
multistakeholder community with a set of high-level guidelines for interacting 
with one another, which encompasses harassment and other improper treatment of 
others. As the Board previously committed, we are looking at whether it makes 
sense to enhance this language.

Both staff and the Board are committed to starting a discussion with the 
community on a possible path forward as well. This is an area where we feel it 
most appropriate that the community should lead any policy development to look 
into a process for handling harassment complaints. ICANN staff and Board will 
support as appropriate.

While the ICANN Ombudsman appropriately continues with his confidential 
investigation into specific matters, we ask that everyone read the Expected 
Standards of Behavior and conduct themselves with respect toward others. This 

Treat all members of the ICANN community equally, irrespective of nationality, 
gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age, or 
sexual orientation; members of the ICANN community should treat each other with 
civility both face to face and online.

David A. Olive
Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support
General Manager, ICANN Regional Headquarters –Istanbul
Hakki Yeten Cad. Selenium Plaza No:10/C K:10 34349 Fulya, Besiktas, Istanbul
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Direct Line: +90.212.999.6212 
Mobile:       + 1. 202.341.3611
Mobile:       +90.533.341.6550 
Email:  david.olive@xxxxxxxxx

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