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 Paris workshop proposal:A Multistakeholder Approach to HRIAs: Lessons from ICANN” – The proposed 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


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

On Renewed Importance and Opportunities to Engage

To those of you who are new to the Cross Community Working Party on ICANN and Human Rights (CCWP-HR), or new to the ICANN community: Welcome to the site! 10 ICANN meetings ago, the CCWP-HR was chartered with the objectives […]

- April 2018


Committees-2017 NCSG Executive Committee 2016-2017 Role Full Voting Member NCSG Chair Tapani Tarvainen NPOC Appointee Poncelet Ileleji NPOC Appointee Joan Jerr NCUC Appointee Robin Gross NCUC Appointee Monika Zalnieriute Archive of EC-NCSG Email Discussion List (see also: previous archive) NCSG Policy […]

- March 2017