Category Archives: ICANN and Governance

Whose information society? Developing country and civil society voices in the World Summit on the Information Society by David Souter (pdf)

Whose information society? Developing country and civil society voices in the World Summit on the Information Society by David Souter
This paper summarises a study of developing country and civil society participation and influence in WSIS that was commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications. As well as analysing participation, the study looked at the impact of WSIS on international ICT decision-making in general and makes recommendations to all main actors about how future decision-making might become more inclusive of developing countries, nongovernmental actors and their concerns.
http://rights.apc.org/documents/wsis_EN.pdf

"Call to Bloggers" to stand up for freedom ahead of world meeting on future of Internet

Amnesty International today issued a ‘Call to Bloggers’, asking them to get online and stand up for freedom of expression on the internet. The organisation says this is a critical time when fundamental rights – particularly freedom of expression and privacy – are under threat from governments that want to control what their citizens say, and what information they can access.

The Road to Rio and Beyond: Results-based Management of the UN Internet Governance Forum

The Road to Rio and Beyond: Results-based Management of the UN Internet Governance Forum
This paper (pdf) argues that the road to the 2007 meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro and beyond must be paved with effective management practices. Results-based management principles employed elsewhere in reform of United Nations agency practices provide that base.
http://internetgovernance.org/pdf/roadtorio.pdf

Should ICANN Become Autonomous?

Should ICANN Become Autonomous? (AP)
An international dispute over U.S. control of the internet appears unlikely to be resolved even as state envoys, regulators and technology experts convene next week in Athens to discuss the network’s future. The Greek Transport Minister Michalis Liapis said “Such negotiations are difficult … this will take time. There are many countries which all have their own interests and opinions. We are starting a dialogue which I think will take many years.” Around 1,200 people are expected to attend.
http://wired.com/news/wireservice/0,72017-0.html

Internet panel: "Balkanization" looms

At a meeting last week in London that discussed the challenges facing the internet, the most provocative issue raised was the “Balkanization” of the internet. This article provides a link to a webcast and covers the main point raised by the meeting – the demographics of internet users are changing dramatically and in a few years Asian users should outnumber European and North American users, with an issue being IDNs being required for domain names. Nitin Desai raised the point that the Balkanization could occur if countries such as China felt left out of the internet.

Globalising governance – The Guardian – Leader

Globalising governance – The Guardian – Leader
The Guardian has a leader asking who should run the internet, and notes that there needs to be strong rule over the issuing of domain names. It says the role needs to be changed and the recent loosening of the reins by the Department of Commerce was a step in the right direction. The leader concludes “It is easy to say that the body should report to the whole net community but making that a reality is likely to be a formidable task. It would be nice, but idealistic, to think the UN could ensure this happens, as some countries are urging. Icann now has an opportunity. If it can devise a non-governmental institution for international governance it might create a model that could be applied elsewhere, to tackle other problems posed by globalisation.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,,1892273,00.html

Warning over ‘broken up’ internet

Warning over ‘broken up’ internet

In a conference organised by Nominet, Nitin Desai “said there were tensions about the future regulation of the net and over specific issues such as international domain names.” He notes there will be marked differences between how the internet is used in the west and developing countries and “the internet was increasingly being shaped by companies and organisations at the “edges” and not by government, public sector bodies and regulators”. Also speaking was Professor Howard Williams (World Bank) who said the debate around future regulation of the web rested on the assumption there would be a single web in the future and that a Balkanisation of the internet was already happening.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6037345.stm