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ICANN Strategy Vision Conversation | 9 Apr 2013

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In 1998, when ICANN was formed, the public Internet was in its youth. 4% of the world's population was online with half in the United States. There were 3 million web sites and only 7 gTLDs.

Today, 35% of the world's population is online, with almost half in Asia. There are 635 million web sites and over 1900 new applications for gTLDs.

In 1998, there were three RIRs servicing the entire planet and no ccNSO. Today there are five RIRs, with Africa and Latin-America managing their own regions, and 136 ccTLDS in the ccNSO spread across the world.

On a day like today, 144 billion e-mails are sent, 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook, and 108,000 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. More than 65% of those e-mails are spam. 50% of those Facebook users are mobile. And YouTube users watch 133 million hours of video per day. But the story of the Internet is about more than just global growth.

The Internet is a shared resource unlike anything the world has ever seen. It is the platform driving continuous change in everything it touches. How prepared is ICANN for the changes of today and tomorrow?

Even if we focus on just a few of the environmental forces the Internet faces, the challenges are significant. Mobile is the single biggest driver of Internet development and change, with 6.7 billion mobile subscribers currently generating 13% of all Internet traffic. By the end of 2013, there will be more mobile devices than people on the planet. What will this future look like?

Apps have completely changed the way we access content, from URLs to a click of an icon. In just six years, 45 billion apps have been downloaded. By 2018, app downloads are expected to reach 350 billion. In an app-centric world, how relevant will domain names be?

As an economic driver, the Internet is responsible for $8 trillion in e-commerce transactions annually. In fact, in these 13 countries, Internet-related consumption and expenditures now exceed those in agriculture or energy. The Internet of things will add exponentially to the number of devices and the amount of traffic. By 2020, as many as one trillion devices will be connected. Buildings, cars, people, animals, appliances -- everything imaginable.

Governments will continue to influence the evolution of the Internet. What will their role be? How might they control access and content? How might they monetize or tax the Internet?

The Internet of the future is vast. By 2020, its users will reach 5 billion, many of whom won't use Latin keyboards. How will ICANN's consensus-driven model scale to support such growth?

These are just a few of the significant changes and forces facing the Internet. What else should the community be thinking about?

To prepare for an increasingly complex world, ICANN seeks your input towards clarifying its strategy and vision. In June 2013, a process will begin to create a new five-year strategy. This timeline shows the key milestones. As always, the community will be engaged for input throughout the process. In fact, you can start right now. Please use the form below to share your thoughts.

We look forward to collaborating with you in positioning ICANN to navigate the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Posted by: icann on Apr 24, 2013

ICANN Strategy Vision Conversation | 9 Apr 2013

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