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No, ICANN isn’t impoverished. They don’t need financial help! But they want your voting support to get their proposed panel discussion voted to be discussed at SXSW’s 2020 event.

The panel discussion ICANN has proposed is “Can We Save the Global Internet?” with speakers ICANN’s Christopher Mondini, the Internet Society’s Sally Shipman Wentworth and Access Now’s Berhan Taye.

In their proposal, ICANN describes the panel discussion as:

Expansion of the Internet has slowed. And the next billion users won’t be getting the same global Internet we always took for granted. On one hand, broad-stroke regulations harm the core of how the Internet functions. At the other extreme, Internet shutdowns by governments are on the rise. What they have in common is an attempt to solve social, legal or political challenges by breaking the technologies that make the Internet happen.

This session will map these trends to relevant layers of the Internet, with case studies to explain the unintended effects of imposing local solutions on a global, connected system.

We can revive the Internet – with innovative models for policy making and stakeholder collaboration. Learn how to get involved – and get the Internet up and running again.

The next SXSW will be held from 13 to 22 March 2020 in Austin Texas and the voting period that allows the community to browse proposals, leave comments, and vote for sessions they think would be a good fit for the 2020 event. Voting closes on 23 August.