INTERPOL Wants to Join GAC And Cooperate With ICANN

ICANN logoFollowing a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters by some of ICANN’s bosses, INTERPOL has expressed a desire for closer collaboration with ICANN and to be an observer on their Governmental Advisory Committee.

During the visit, ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble discussed closer collaboration on internet security was discussed with cyber-security, financial and high tech crime being top of the agenda as well as governance and enhancing common means for preventing and addressing internet crime.

Cybersecurity is an issue of growing importance with everything from the domain name system to vital infrastructure such as energy supplies threatened from cybercrime.

In the US, the White House has developed a cybersecurity guidelines with the goal of protecting much of the nation’s infrastructure.

Attending with Beckstrom was ICANN’s Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Jeff Moss, Vice President of Government Affairs Jamie Hedlund, and Alice Jansen of their Organisational Reviews unit.

“We seek the active engagement of law enforcement in our multi-stakeholder community where all parties are welcome. We recognise Interpol as an important international leader in this field,” said Mr. Beckstrom. “We are very pleased by its expression of interest in joining the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee as an observer.”

With ICANN the global coordinator of domain names and Internet protocol addresses, and INTERPOL the world’s largest international police organisation, Secretary General Noble said: “Both organisations are international, both are politically neutral, and both are focused on the good of the world. Both also care about improving the security of the Internet for the future.”

“The Internet has no borders, and neither do the criminals who exploit it. As the Internet’s role in society continues to increase in scope and importance, it is vital for INTERPOL to help create bridges between the international law enforcement community it represents and ICANN in order to advance Internet security practices for the benefit to all,” added Secretary General Noble.

As part of efforts to enhance their cooperation, both organisations agreed during the visit that an INTERPOL delegation would attend ICANN’s international conference in Singapore next month, 20-24 June, when INTERPOL’s membership of the ICANN’s GAC as an international observer will be explored.