Category Archives: ICANN and Governance

The Internet Doesn’t Need Heavy-Handed Regulation

A founding father of the Internet, Vint Cerf, attributes its astonishing economic success in no small part to “permissionless innovation,” the freedom of Internet developers to try new business models and offer new services without obtaining prior government approval. The clear signal government sends by not overregulating the market is a reason the Internet today is a staple in our lives. Any calls for Internet regulation should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism, and before acting, the government should ensure that proposed Internet regulation is going to provide more consumer benefit than harm.

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As DENIC’s CEO Jörg Schweiger Prepares To Step Down, He Speaks About His Time At DENIC, Security, New TLDs, ICANN, GDPR and Future of Domains

In January Jörg Schweiger, DENIC’s CTO from 2007 to 2014 and CEO since 2014, announced he was stepping down from his position in December. It’s been quite a ride and the domain name industry has evolved quite a lot. So we asked Jörg a few questions about his time with DENIC and the changes he’s seen.

Jörg is one of those people that always seems to be smiling, at least at Domain Pulse and ICANN meetings! Always engaging. So when we asked him a few questions, he came up with some insightful views on why he thought new TLDs missed a great opportunity to do something with “innovative new business models”, the importance of security to DENIC and the challenges of GDPR as well as the future of domain names. Jörg even wonders if ICANN can continue its relevance with cost pressures, global regulations and divergent views amongst its “broad multi-faceted community.”

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DENIC-Chef Jörg Schweiger spricht über DENIC, Sicherheit, neue TLDs, ICANN, DSGVO und die Zukunft der Domains

Im Januar gab Jörg Schweiger, von 2007 bis 2014 CTO und seit 2014 CEO der DENIC, bekannt, dass er im Dezember von seinem Amt zurücktritt. Das ist eine lange Zeit, und die Domainbranche hat sich sehr stark entwickelt. Wir haben Jörg Schweiger ein paar Fragen zu seiner Zeit bei der DENIC und den Veränderungen, die er erlebt hat, gestellt.

Jörg Schweiger ist einer dieser Menschen, die einen mit einem freundlichen Lächeln einnehmen, immer offen für den Dialog. Als wir ihm also ein paar Fragen stellten, antwortete er mit einigen aufschlussreichen Ansichten darüber, warum er der Meinung ist, dass die neuen TLDs eine große Chance verpasst haben, wie wichtig Sicherheit und Zuverlässigkeit für die DENIC ist und welche Herausforderungen die Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DSGVO oder GDPR) sowie die Zukunft der Domainnamen mit sich bringen. Jörg fragt sich sogar, ob ICANN angesichts des Kostendrucks, der anstehenden globalen Regulierungsinitiativen und der unterschiedlichen Ansichten in ihrer “breiten, vielschichtigen Community” weiterhin ihre (klar umrissene) Aufgabe erfüllen kann.

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ICANN71 Begins 14 June, Register Now

[news release] The ICANN71 Policy Forum will be held 14 through 17 June 2021. Initially planned for The Hague, Netherlands, this meeting will take place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the schedule to register for the sessions you want to attend. Important note: ICANN71 will be held in the UTC +2 Central European Summer Time (CEST) zone.

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ICANN: Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – Phase 2A

[news release] Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Initial Report of the Phase 2A EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team. Phase 2A Team was tasked to address the following two topics: 1) the differentiation of legal vs. natural persons’ registration data and 2) the feasibility of unique contacts to have a uniform anonymized email address.

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ICANN: Participate or Observe: Expedited Policy Development Process on IDNs

[news release] The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) welcomes anyone to join as a participant or an observer.

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Russia’s plot to control the Internet is no longer a secret

Russia’s campaign to control the Internet isn’t just a secret intelligence gambit any longer. It’s an explicit goal, proclaimed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a key element of the Kremlin’s foreign policy.

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