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United Nations and the Internet: It’s Complicated Writes Rebecca Mackinnon

America’s two main political parties do not agree on much. But one thing they do agree on is “that the United Nations … should not be given control over a globally interconnected network that transcends the geography of nation-states,” writes Rebecca Mackinnon in Foreign Policy. “The Internet is too valuable to be managed by governments alone. Yet there is less agreement over how well the alternative ‘multistakeholder’ model of Internet governance is working — or whether it is really serving all of us as well as it might.”

Mackinnon notes the immediate threat is the “World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) scheduled for December in Dubai by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a U.N. body whose remit has thus far been limited to global telephone systems. Members meet behind closed doors.”

Proposed policy changes were leaked recently and published on the WCITLeaks website revealing “how a number of governments — in league with some old-school telecommunications companies seeking to regain revenues lost to the Internet — are proposing to rewrite global international telecommunications regulations in ways that opponents believe will corrode, if not destroy, the open and free nature of the Internet.”

Mackinnonn writes that only a few people have heard of ICANN or “the collection of regional internet registries that coordinate IP addresses, or the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).”

But she also says “this governance ecosystem has worked astonishingly well in managing the Internet’s exponential growth, largely because the system is so open and decentralized that any person anywhere on Earth with engineering or software-programming skills can invent new software applications, devices, and other networked technologies that can all interconnect with one another without needing to obtain permission or buy a license from anybody.”

But will they succeed? Mackinnon examines efforts to govern the internet, including the US’s attempt of regulation, with “some libertarians argue that the U.S. Congress — with legislative efforts like SOPA — is arguably as much a threat to the internet as the United Nations.”

Mackinnon concludes that “history has shown that all governments and all corporations will use whatever vehicles available to advance their own interests and power. The internet does not change that reality. Still, it should be possible to build governance structures and processes that not only mediate between the interests of a variety of stakeholders, but also constrain power and hold it accountable across globally interconnected networks. Right now, the world is only at the beginning of a long and messy process of working out what those structures and processes should look like. You might say we are present at the creation.”

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AusRegistry International Celebrates IDNA 2008 Protocol Approval for Internationalised Domain Names

AusRegistry International logo[news release] The body responsible for the development and promotion of Internet Standards (the Internet Engineering Task Force or IETF), has approved IDNA 2008 as the official Internet protocol for Internationalised Domain Names by publishing the Internet Drafts as official RFCs. 

This important milestone marks a significant step in the advancement of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) and will ensure the Internet continues to become more usable and accessible to non-Latin language communities.

AusRegistry International, a global provider of IDN-enabled Domain Name Registry Services that support the IDNA 2008 protocol, congratulates the IETF on this latest announcement.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to the IETF working group associated with the confirmation of IDNA 2008 protocol as the standard for Internationalised Domains Names. This is indeed a significant achievement and will no doubt play a vital role in dramatically improving accessibility and usability of the Internet for non-Latin language communities across the globe” said Adrian Kinderis, AusRegistry International CEO.

“AusRegistry International has long been a supporter of the Internationalised Domain Name program. We realised the potential of Internationalised Domain Names many years ago and as a consequence took a calculated risk when implementing IDNA 2008 protocol into our Domain Name Registry System before it was finalised. The announcement by the IETF this week has vindicated our decision and now positions our technology at the cutting edge of Domain Name Registry Systems. With IDNA 2008 already active within our Domain Name Registry System, we are now ideally suited to aid in the further expansion of the Internet into the world’s non-Latin language communities”.

“Further, with the Generic Top Level Domain program (new gTLDs) due for introduction in early 2011, we are certain this decision will substantially increase the number of IDNs seen at the conclusion of the new gTLD application period. This is an extremely positive move for the greater Domain Name industry as we plan for the requirements of generations to come” Mr. Kinderis continued.

AusRegistry International is the appointed Domain Name Registry Services partner for the active .emarat and soon to be launched .qatar IDN ccTLDs.

About AusRegistry International

AusRegistry International is a wholly owned subsidiary of AusRegistry Pty Ltd, the current Registry Operator for the .au ccTLD. The organisation was formed to leverage AusRegistry’s DNS expertise and infrastructure to provide a platform for the innovative use of this technology in the provision of ‘World’s Best Practice’ Domain Name Registry Services on a global basis. AusRegistry International is heavily involved in the Domain Name Industry in a consultative, advisory and technical capacity and is focused on providing superior Registry Services for new gTLD applicants and ccTLD Registry Operators.

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