Category Archives: ICANN and Governance

Preserving the Internet by Vinton G. Cerf

The Internet has become a global, complex, layered, and increasingly indispensable ecosystem. For purposes of this column, “Internet” includes the underlying digital transport infrastructure including subsea and land-based fiber and cable, orbiting satellites, the networks of routers, the Domain Name System, datacenters and their networks, edge devices of all kinds (laptops, desktops, pads, smartphones, Internet-enabled devices, and sensors), the World Wide Web, content distribution systems and, for all I know, the kitchen sink.

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Former .AU Registry Operator Calls for Resignations in Light of auDA and Afilias Failures

It’s not been a good week for auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, and their backend registry provider Afilias. First on Tuesday there was a security incident that auDA claims saw “a small number of domains” disappear for half an hour. Then today with the launch of second level (or .au direct) registrations, there has been another stuff up that sees all new second level/direct registrations having to be manually entered after registration with no timeframe given for a resolution.

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A new iron curtain is descending across Russia’s Internet

Advocates of an open, globally connected Internet long have worried that a major country or region would break away from the Web amid geopolitical strife, dashing hopes of a seamless network capable of uniting a fractious world.

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What’s Been Happening At… DENIC: 35 and 25 Year Anniversaries, ICANN Meeting Application, Domain Pulse Postponed Till May, Supporting Children’s Charities and Andreas Musielak’s ccNSO Appointment

Since I’ve been taking life too easy keeping up to date with domain name news in recent months, let’s get back into action with a roundup of what’s been happening at DENIC, the .de registry. Since November there’s been 35 years of .de, 25 years of DENIC, they announced a Christmas donation for a couple of children’s charities, applied to host ICANN’s 2023 Annual General Meeting, announced the postponement of the already postponed Domain Pulse and Andreas Musielak was appointed the new Chair of the Strategic and Operational Planning Standing Committee of the ccNSO.

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The UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021 in Katowice is over

[Chancellery of the Polish Prime Minister news release] It is time to sum up this year’s prime digital event – the UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021, which closed on Friday in Katowice.

The substantive summary of the Summit – still a draft – is provided in a UN document entitled „Katowice IGF Messages”. Stakeholders can send their feedback about the points made in the document by 20 December.

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Record-breaking UN Digital Summit in Poland – more than 10,000 participants from 175 countries

[NASK news release] A total of 2,688 participants came to Katowice for the IGF 2021 Digital Summit. The event was held between 6 and 10 December at the International Congress Centre. Participants debated the key challenges of today’s internet. The Summit was held as a hybrid event. A total of 10,300 people registered to participate in the event online and in person.

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UN Digital Summit – IGF 2921: digital inequalities must be leveled

[news release] The Global North and the Global South are divided by a civilization gap. Access to the Internet can be too expensive for people from less developed countries. But also in the wealthy countries, many still suffer from digital exclusion. The fourth day of the UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021 held in Katowice was devoted to providing equal development opportunities worldwide.

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IGF 2021: the development of Internet requires global cooperation

[news release] Access to the Internet, which facilitates communication, education, and the increase of professional skills, is gradually becoming one of the fundamental human rights. The development of networks in various parts of the world, freedom of speech, and the fight against disinformation were the subjects discussed during the third day of the UN Digital Summit, IGF 2021 in Katowice.

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