Category Archives: ICANN and Governance

US loosens grip on running of internet

US loosens grip on running of internet
The EU has hailed a decision by the US government to back down and grant full autonomy by 2009 to ICANN. Viviane Reding, EU information society and media commissioner, said “The European commission will follow closely Icann’s transition to full independence in the next three years. With our advice, we will contribute to this transition to ensure that it takes place transparently, reflecting the interests of industry and civil society alike.”
http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1886298,00.html

Another View of the New ICANN-DoC Agreement by Milton Mueller

Another View of the New ICANN-DoC Agreement by Milton Mueller
Milton Mueller writes on the Internet Governance website, linked from this CircleID article (but inaccessible at the time of writing) of the new MoU between ICANN and the DoC, that the new agreement “is a cosmetic response to the comments received by NTIA during its Notice of Inquiry in July 2006” with the object seeming “to be to strengthen the public’s perception that ICANN is relatively independent”. Milton writes that the relationship is “fundamentally unchanged” and notes that “In one important respect, the JPA has actually increased direct US intervention”.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/another_view_icann_doc_agreement

Put Free Expression on the Internet Governance Forum Agenda by Milton Mueller

Put Free Expression on the Internet Governance Forum Agenda by Milton Mueller
The Internet Governance Project has joined free-expression advocacy organizations Reporters Without Borders and Article 19 to push for including Internet censorship and filtering problems on the agenda of the first meeting of the new Internet Governance Forum, a multistakeholder deliberation body created by the World Summit on the Information Society.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/free_expression_on_internet_governance_forum/

Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group to be Established

Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group to be Established
In light of the consultations on the convening of the IGF, the United Nations Secretary-General will set up a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group to assist him in this task. The Group will consist of about forty members, representing governments, private sector and civil society and include members of the academic and technical communities.
http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/newslog/Internet+Governance+Forum+Advisory+Group+To+Be+Established.aspx

Annan to establish international forum on internet governance

Annan to establish international forum on internet governance
Following up on an agreement reached on the contentious topic of internet governance at the November WSIS in Tunis, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to start creating a forum for a more inclusive dialogue on internet policy.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=17681&Cr=internet&Cr1=

OECD ICCP Workshop: "The Future of the Internet", Paris, 8 March 2006

The OECD ICCP workshop “The Future of the Internet” will bring together policy-makers, leading academics, private sector organisations, and civil society organisations to discuss the trends shaping the future of the Internet, explore the various approaches -technical, regulatory, and economic- that are being taken or can be taken to create new functionality for and increased trust in the Internet, to promote its sustained growth and adoption, and to identify opportunities for increased international cooperation on pressing issues.