The internet significantly facilitates the exercise of human rights today.

Since the Domain Name System (DNS) is integral to the way in which we use and navigate the internet, the human rights aspect of the DNS is an important area of study. ICANN, a multistakeholder, non-profit corporation that secures the operation of the DNS, has adopted internationally accepted human rights as part of its core values.

The Cross Community Working Party on ICANN and Human Rights (CCWP-HR) seeks to map the human rights implications of ICANN’s policies, procedures, and operations; facilitate a better understanding of ICANN’s human rights responsibilities; and serve as a cross-community forum for related discussions.

Our charter

The Cross Community Working Party is a forum for research and discussion on challenges and potential solutions related to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and human rights.

This is related — but not limited — to policies, procedures, and operations, with a particular focus on ICANN’s responsibility to respect human rights.

Our goal is to raise awareness, provide information, facilitate dialogue, and make suggestions to ICANN the corporation, its board, and the ICANN community on ways to better harmonize ICANN’s policies and procedures with internationally recognized human rights and corporate social responsibility standards.

Read the complete charter

Recent documents

2018 IGF workshop:A Multistakeholder Approach to HRIAs: Lessons from ICANN” (accepted) – This session aims to introduce new Human Rights Impact Assessment models emerging from ICANN’s multistakeholder process to the broader IGF community, highlighting valuable lessons that can improve the practice in other sectors beyond Internet governance.

- June 2018

OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED: Human Rights in Ongoing PDPs – An analytical overview of avenues and strategies for engagement on the issue of human rights within ICANN, first presented at ICANN61

- March 2018


Due Diligence and Why it Matters

  On 31 July 2018, the CCWP-HR held a special meeting to explore the concept of “Due Diligence and Why it Matters.” Several subject experts joined the conversation to present on their areas of expertise. They were: Michael Samway – […]

- August 2018

ICANN at a Crossroads: GDPR and Human Rights

The European Data Protection Board certainly has been keeping its records straight. Its 27 May statement starts with the following: “WP29 has been offering guidance to ICANN on how to bring WHOIS in compliance with European data protection law since […]

- July 2018

HRIAs in ICANN: Constructive Innovation to Benefit Society

Operationalizing ICANN’s human rights bylaw is an opportunity for the ICANN community to continue its leadership in multistakeholder innovation. Perhaps more importantly, work carried out to develop and refine tools like human rights impact assessments has the potential to generate […]

- June 2018