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Internet Governance Forum calls for bridging digital divides, harnessing the Internet to support human resilience and build solidarity amid COVID-19

[news release] Never before has the Internet proven to be such a vital lifeline in maintaining economic and social ties, as the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The high-level segment of the Internet Governance Forum opened today, with participants underlining the critical importance of digital technologies in supporting human resilience and building solidarity to respond to the challenges posed by the coronavirus.

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ICANN Donates $50k to Internet Governance Forum Support Association

ICANN logo[news release] ICANN announced today (18/12) that it has donated USD$50,000 to the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA).

“I’m delighted to announce this donation,” said Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of ICANN. “The IGF is an incredibly important part of the global Internet governance ecosystem, and it’s my hope that this additional funding will allow the IGF to remain a vital part of the ongoing discussion.”

This donation is part of a larger commitment by ICANN to support the IGF globally as well as the regional IGF‘s. It will allow the IGF to continue to serve as the essential meeting place for the multistakeholder community to discuss the critical policy issues that affect Internet governance and demonstrate best practice. Last fiscal year ICANN contributed USD$280,000 to support the IGF globally and regionally. With this new contribution to the IGFSA, it will raise the total support from ICANN this fiscal year FY15 to a total of USD$330,000.

“The continued success of the Internet depends on forums like the IGF, which allow the multistakeholder model, that relies heavily on open dialogue, to prosper and thrive,” said Tarek Kamel, Senior Advisor to ICANN‘s President on Government Engagement. Kamel, is also a member of the Executive Committee of the IGFSA. He further noted, “With this donation, we affirm ICANN‘s support for the IGF and look forward to a successful IGF 2015 in Brazil.”

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Established by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006, the IGF is a multistakeholder forum that addresses key Internet governance issues. To learn more go to http://www.intgovforum.org/

The Internet Governance Forum Support Association, established by the Internet Society Board of Trustees in September 2014, is an independent association established to help secure funding and support for the IGF. To learn more go to http://www.igfsa.org/

This ICANN news release was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-18-en

China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing’s Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF by Tristan Galloway & Baogang He [Deakin University]

Abstract: Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors.This article aims to contribute to the literature on Beijing’s approach to this issue by providing a detailed empirical account of its involvement in a few core regime organisations.It argues that Beijing’s reform approach is guided by its domestically derived preferences for strong state authority and expanding China’s global power, but that its reform efforts are unlikely to succeed based on countervailing structural hard- and soft-power factors.This paper is available from the Social Science Research Network website at:
http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336

Internet Society Board Takes Steps to Strengthen Existing Internet Governance Institutions

[news release] The Internet Society Board of Trustees, during its meeting in Buenos Aires, agreed to increase support for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as an indispensable part of the Internet ecosystem, including making a sizeable financial contribution. They also warned against rash reactions to issues such as pervasive surveillance, which has sparked widespread concern and discussion.”Voluntary collaboration guided by a shared set of principles among institutions has been key to the Internet’s amazing success and robustness. Institutions in the Internet ecosystem will continue to evolve in response to new challenges,” stated Robert Hinden, Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees.In addition to increasing its own support for the IGF, the Internet Society Board supported the establishment of a legal structure to facilitate financial support by others. The Board further called for strengthening of the distributed and decentralized approach to addressing challenges, and avoiding approaches that would impose borders on the Internet and lead to fragmentation.The Board of Trustees applauded action taken at the recent Internet Engineering Task Force meeting to work on enhancing the security of Internet technology in light of the disclosures about pervasive monitoring on the Internet.President and CEO of the Internet Society Lynn St. Amour commented, “This is a crucial period in the Internet’s development and the Internet Society is committed to working to strengthen the multistakeholder institutions that have been key to sustaining the open and global Internet.”About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org.This Internet Society news release was sourced from:
www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-board-takes-steps-strengthen-existing-internet-governance-institutions

ICANN CEO Announces Expanded Partnership Initiatives at Close of Internet Governance Forum

[news release] ICANN Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé has announced a series of working partnerships that have sprung out of this week’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Azerbaijan.”During the past week here in Baku, I have been fortunate enough to have some extremely productive meetings with some important organizations and groups in the Internet ecosystem,” said Chehadé. “These meetings are already helping us progress toward the organizational goals I published earlier in the week.””The launch of our new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program will dramatically increase the need for ICANN to work with businesses all over the world,” added Chehadé. “To serve them, we need to expand our outreach, so we have agreed to set up engagement frameworks with both the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO). Our hope is that by utilizing their existing networks we can engage in a constructive dialogue.””We’re keen to ensure that our members, who are primarily Telcos, have more opportunities to engage in high levels discussions around the future of the internet,” said Luigi Gambardella, Chair of ETNO’s Executive Board. “We’re hoping a closer collaboration with ICANN will help us do precisely that.””ICANN needs to broaden and deepen its dialogue with businesses around the world and our members have much to contribute to the debate around the future needs of business on the internet,” said ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier. “I appreciate Fadi’s openness and readiness to strengthen our already good relationship”.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also voiced support for the expanded ICANN effort. “As use of the Internet continues to expand, we are ready to support ICANN with their capacity building plan,” said Janis Karklins, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information. “We have agreed to appoint liaisons to work on the precise activities moving forward”.Chehadé said he was delighted with the energetic support from partners during the IGF meeting and thanked them for their openness and willingness to work together. “I am confident that creating the mechanism for detailed on-going engagement will do much to help ICANN achieve its goals for the entire community,” said Chehadé. “I hope to create similar activities with many other partners – those already involved in ICANN and those with whom we need to build relationships for the first time.”Also during the IGF in Baku, the ICANN Board of Directors convened a special meeting to discuss a report by the WHOIS Review team. WHOIS is a listing of web site registrants and their contact information.The Board said it would report its course of action on WHOIS by 19 November.##To view a short video with CEO Fadi Chehadé at the IGF in Baku, go here: www.icann.org/en/news/press/kits/video-chehade-igf-06nov12-en.htm.To read Fadi Chehade’s 5 November 2012 letter on organizational priorities, go here: www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/chehade-to-icann-community-05nov12-en.pdf

CENTR Domain Wire Focuses On Whois, IDNs, IPv6 & IGF

Centr logoThe first issue of CENTR’s Domain Wire magazine for 2011 has been released with a review of CENTR’s activities for 2010. Topics the focus of this edition are Whois and Internationalised Domain Names, with explanations of IPv6 and the Internet Governance Forum. There is also a list of highlights from CENTR members. Continue reading CENTR Domain Wire Focuses On Whois, IDNs, IPv6 & IGF

CENTR Domain Wire Focuses On Whois, IDNs, IPv6 & IGF

Centr logoThe first issue of CENTR’s Domain Wire magazine for 2011 has been released with a review of CENTR’s activities for 2010. Topics the focus of this edition are Whois and Internationalised Domain Names, with explanations of IPv6 and the Internet Governance Forum. There is also a list of highlights from CENTR members. Continue reading CENTR Domain Wire Focuses On Whois, IDNs, IPv6 & IGF

CENTR Domain Wire Focuses On Whois, IDNs, IPv6 & IGF

The first issue of CENTR’s Domain Wire magazine for 2011 has been released with a review of CENTR’s activities for 2010. Topics the focus of this edition are Whois and Internationalised Domain Names, with explanations of IPv6 and the Internet Governance Forum. There is also a list of highlights from CENTR members.To download this edition of Domain Wire from the CENTR website, see:
https://www.centr.org/main/6054-CTR/version/default/part/AttachmentData/data/CENTR Domain Wire, Issue 1, 2011.pdf

Internet Governance: Why Plato is Still Relevant

Abstract: In December 2008, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has successfully completed its third installment on issues pertaining to Internet governance. The IGF promotes a multistakeholder environment, where protagonists engage in an extensive debate to discuss how the Internet should look in the future; with these discussions in place issues of cultural diversity and cultural relativism become more relevant than ever before.

However, culture is normally followed by zeal; zeal to preserve it and to adhere to its historical significance. This is like a Damocles sword, since tradition and its relative – custom – can potentially prohibit progress and pose threats to social structures; more precisely, in international environments, like the Internet, certain traditions can be mistakenly considered as more valuable and exhibited thereon as more ‘exclusive’ than others. This being the case, it is undeniable that custom not only will play a significant role in the governance of the Internet, but this role will, in turn, be able to determine the dynamics within its structure.

This paper discusses the influential role of custom and its effects within the society of Internet Governance; it then proceeds to discuss an interpretation of justice, which demonstrates the way custom might be enforced and imposed upon various subjects. Finally, this paper shows that these conflicting customs should not necessarily annihilate multiparticipatory governance structures, rather assist in their progress.

To read this paper by Dr. Konstantinos Komaitis, originally published in the International Journal of Communications Law & Policy, in full, see:
ssrn.com/abstract=1381625