Two Multistakeholder Ethos Award winners announced at ICANN56 in Helsinki


ICANN has announced recipients of the 2016 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This year’s awards, during which the community evaluation panel recognized two long-time members of the ICANN community – Chuck Gomes and Keith Davidson – were presented at the ICANN56 meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award honors members of the ICANN community who have made outstanding contributions to ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance. Chuck Gomes and Keith Davidson were selected from a list of 19 nominees as those who best demonstrated the spirit of collaboration with the aim of building consensus. These recipients have proven their dedication to ICANN’s multistakeholder model through many years of active participation and leadership.

The community panel felt that each recipient met the award criteria in distinctive ways.

Chuck Gomes, based in North America, was recognized for his passionate advocacy of the multistakeholder model. On a day-to-day basis, he exhibits the qualities of a facilitator, collaborator and consensus builder, working beyond the boundaries of any constituency or stakeholder group. Gomes served as the first Chair of the Registry Stakeholders Group, and was instrumental in its development. He has volunteered his time and services to many working groups within the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), where he also served as GNSO Councilor, including terms as Chair and Vice Chair.

Most recently, Gomes contributed significantly to the Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition, acting as a liaison between the two cross-community working groups: CWG-Stewardship and CCWG-Accountability. He is the current Chair of the Next Generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process.

New Zealand’s Keith Davidson is recognized for his many years of commitment to ICANN’s multistakeholder model. Davidson served as Vice Chair of the Country Codes Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council and Co-Chair of the ccNSO/Governmental Advisory Committee Liaison Group. Recently, he represented the ccNSO on the Meetings Strategy Working Group. Other leadership roles include acting as Chair of the Delegation and Redelegation Working Group and the Framework of Interpretation Working Group. Throughout, Davidson has demonstrated a commitment to consensus building and to ICANN’s multistakeholder processes that is truly inspiring.

Davidson’s influence has extended to the larger Internet ecosystem, particularly in New Zealand. Over many years, he acted as Director and Chair of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Association (APTLD), as the driving force behind the Pacific Internet Governance Forum, as trustee of the Internet Society and as President of InternetNZ.

Launched in 2014 at ICANN50 in London, the Multistakeholder Ethos Award recognizes ICANN participants who have invested in consensus-based solutions, acknowledged the importance of ICANN’s multistakeholder model of Internet governance and contributed in a substantive way to the higher interests of ICANN’s organization and community.