For newcomers to ICANN and Internet governance, ICANN’s policy development process and public comment system can be difficult to follow and understand. Coming out of last week's ICANNLabs Kick-off Workshop, the Conversation Track team started laying out a product vision in the form of a hypothesis. Read on for the team's product vision, the riskiest assumptions associated with that vision, and the team's plan for mitigating those risks in the form of ongoing experiments. You can follow the team's progress and contribute your own thoughts on the Conversation Track page and through the ICANN Labs newsletter. We welcome your thoughts on our product vision and first experiment in the comments below.
We believe that creating a parallel space for facilitated, contextual conversation between ICANN community members representing different points of view might elucidate key issues and points of contention. This in turn might generate deeper interest and engagement in policy development.
- We can design a system that incentivizes ICANN community members and Internet governance experts to participate in a curated conversation about policy issues.
- Users with a general interest in Internet governance don’t understand policy development, but would be interested in engaging if given the necessary context. Conversation could provide the necessary context.
- We can find knowledgeable facilitators to curate these conversation, by asking the right questions and by inviting the right set of participants.
- We can develop a user experience for annotated conversation across devices, languages, and other barriers to access.
A roundtable discussion among ICANN community members and Internet governance experts will help general interest users understand the relevance and impact of in-process policy development.
- ICANN community members (supporting groups and advisory boards)
- Members of other Internet governance organizations (e.g. ITU, IGF, ISOC)
- Knowledgeable members of the Internet industry who are up to speed on policy issues and can provide a fresh perspective.
- Newcomers, people who are not in a formal working group, who stand to learn from these facilitated, contextual policy conversations.
- Bloggers, journalists, or ICANN ombudsman who are equipped to facilitate these conversations.
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Demonstrate the value of these conversations vs. official policy documentation through qualitative interviews and quantitative tests.
- Select 1-3 examples of policy that has been released for public comment on ICANN.org.
- Design a mock conversation with previously posted comments and gather qualitative feedback to measure the effectiveness of the conversation from an educational perspective.
- Depending on the response to the mock conversation, consider using policy that is currently open for public comment to create a live conversation.
- ICANNLabs Conversation Track Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)