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EURALO and CENTR Sign MoU at IGF 2018

EURALO and CENTR announced Tuesday they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) alongside the 2018 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris to formalise their existing relationship promoting internet coordination activities in Europe.

In their announcement, the European Regional At-Large Organization (EURALO) and the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR) note that both parties have pledged to collaborate for the promotion of Internet coordination activities in the European region.

More specifically, they will continue to encourage awareness of each other’s activities and mission, as well as jointly organising capacity-building events and other meetings, trainings, projects of workshops related to Internet policy and governance. They will also continue to promote Internet development in the European region and an open, bottom-up, multistakeholder Internet governance model.

“I am very pleased to sign this Memorandum with CENTR on behalf of EURALO,” said Olivier Crépin-Leblond, chair of EURALO. “The aim of EURALO, as defined by our community, is to have at least one At-Large Structure in every country of our region. Collaborating with CENTR will reinforce the multistakeholder model that has already generated great opportunities, starting with National and Regional IGFs. Thanks to CENTR for considering this collaboration and to AFNIC for proposing that we sign this document at the IGF in Paris.”

“The IGF provides us with an excellent opportunity to strengthen and formalise the collaboration between EURALO and CENTR,” Jörg Schweiger, CENTR Chair said. “CENTR Members have a long tradition of closely working together with their local Internet Communities. EURALO is well represented in those communities, and we look forward to our increased collaboration and information exchange on a regional level and for our work in the international environment.”

There are 5 RALOs, of which EURALO is one, that unite ICANN’s At-Large Structures (ALSes) and individual members based on their geographic regions. As the information conduit and facilitators, RALOs disseminate information from ICANN, promote the participation of their members, and channel the regional user point of view to ICANN. Each RALO is governed by its own organising documents, including a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN. Playing a key role in ICANN’s regional strategies, several RALOs partner with ICANN to facilitate the development of critical infrastructure for the Domain Name System.

EURALO unites European Internet end-user voices within the At-Large community. EURALO consists of Internet-related civil society and consumer interests, representing their views in the bottom-up, consensus-based, multi-stakeholder ICANN policy development process.

CENTR is the European association of country-code top level domain (ccTLD) registries.

Cybersecurity and Fake News to Dominate List of Concerns at Internet Governance Forum

Facing growing concerns that the Internet is being used as a vehicle to sow division and discord around the world, more than 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, technology, and civil society will gather in Paris 12-14 November, 2018 at the  annual Internet Governance Forum, to look at a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust.”

The Forum, convened by the UN Secretary-General, seeks to highlight open and inclusive discussions around global internet issues including: addressing the digital divide; how is artificial intelligence and frontier technologies affecting humankind; cyber security; gender equality; what is the impact on sustainable development; and how does a digital future ensure our human rights.

The Government of France will be hosting the three-day meeting at UNESCO headquarters. French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized the importance of welcoming the IGF in Paris to share ideas and advance discussions on Internet governance issues. UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to give remarks on the opening day. Other notable speakers is UN DESA’s Under Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin.

The Forum promotes dialogue and encourages an exchange of ideas to better govern the internet so that it is a safe and trustworthy environment for all. For that reason, the Forum is open to all. If you are not able to attend, they encourage online participation by registering on their website. Webcasts and live transcripts of the sessions will also be available. The discussions and the exchange of ideas and best practices often form the foundation for national  rules, regulations and laws concerning the Internet.

Highlights from IGF 2017 were sessions on the role of artificial intelligence and disinformation, big data, the Internet of Things and virtual reality; topics that carry over in 2018, and sets the foundation to discussions on the future of internet and technology.
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2018/10/cybersecurity-and-fake-news-to-dominate-list-of-concerns-at-internet-governance-forum/

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

EURid: Languages on the move in the Internet landscape

EURid logo“Only by pursuing a policy of multilingualism in Internet access can we give effect to our policy of an Internet that is truly global, and truly accessible to all,” states European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, in the foreword of the IDN World Report 2014 produced by EURid with UNESCO in cooperation with Verisign and the country code Top Level Domain regional organisations (CENTR, LACTLD, APTLD and AFTLD).

The annual report is being presented today during a workshop at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, which takes place from 2 to 5 September.

Internationalised domain names (IDN) were first launched at the second level (eg παράδειγμα.eu) in 2000. From 2009, it became possible to register domain names entirely in non-Latin scripts (eg 例子.中国). At the end of 2013, there were 6 million IDNs (including second level names and IDN TLDs). Although this is a large number, it is just 2% of the world’s registered domain names (270 million).

EURid, the registry manager of the .eu Top Level Domain, has been supporting IDNs at the second level since late 2009 and has applied for the .eu in Greek and Cyrillic to ensure that the EU citizens can enjoy a complete IDN experience when writing languages that are not based on the Latin alphabet. “We are proud to have supported multilingualism through IDNs since the very beginning and to offer an extended customer support in all 24 official EU languages and, hopefully in the near future, the .eu TLD in Greek and Cyrillic,” commented EURid’s External Relations manager Giovanni Seppia.

The report contains evidence that shows that, far from being “internationalised”, IDNs are intensely localised. They are strongly linked to local language content, and although they occur in diverse writing systems, the location of such scripts is closely coupled to countries and regions where related languages are spoken.

New gTLDs promised to fulfil unmet needs in the domain name system. One obvious need is for enhanced linguistic diversity. With 90% of new gTLD strings (eg .photogra- phy) either in English language, or understandable in English, that opportunity has been lost – for now.

“The growth potential for Internet penetration is in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America where English is not the primary language. For IDNs to fulfill their potential, multiple actors need to make changes to hasten universal acceptance, so that IDNs can be used seamlessly in every environment,” concludes the report’s main author Emily Taylor.

Download the report

This EURid announcement was sourced from:
www.eurid.eu/en/news/sep-2014/languages-move-internet-landscape

Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Town Hall Meeting to take place at Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul

ICANN logoICANN staff invites all interested stakeholders to a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Process during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Town Hall Meeting will provide an opportunity for an open dialogue to address and clarify any remaining questions about the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Process.

Date: 2 September 2014
Location: ICEC in the Topkapi A Room, Istanbul, Turkey
Time: 06:00-07:30 UTC (Time zone conversions can be found here)

Remote Participation Information:

Online Meeting Room: https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/j.php?MTID=md43f4ed6d6fb2922239ea63ba730800f
Meeting Number: 959 336 622
Meeting Password: ICANN

Audio Conference Information:
Call-in toll number (UK): +44 203 478 5289
Global call-in numbers: https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/globalcallin.php?serviceType=MC&ED=312692962&tollFree=0
Access code: 959 336 622

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-08-29-en

ICANN at the Internet Governance Forum | International Convention and Exhibition Center, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2-5 2014

ICANN logoICANN looks forward to participating in this year’s 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The overarching theme of the Istanbul meeting is: Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance.

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey | 2 – 5 September 2014

This year’s meeting will build on previous IGFs and further the dialogue on Internet governance and emerging Internet issues. It will also build on the success of NETmundial and promote its outcomes. ICANN believes that the IGF plays an effective role in fostering global multistakeholder cooperation in Internet governance and strongly supports its continuation beyond its 2015 mandate.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-08-25-en

Webinar: ICANN Participation in the Internet Governance Forum

ICANN logoYou are invited to participate in an informal webinar about ICANN‘s participation in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on Friday, 22 August at 16:00 UTC.

The webinar will provide a brief overview of the ICANN related sessions at the IGF in Istanbul from 1-5 September, and will provide an opportunity for members of the community and staff to discuss collaboration opportunities.

Agenda

Introduction – Sally Costerton
Purpose of ICANN‘s participation in IGF – Tarek Kamel
Overview of ICANN related activities at the Istanbul IGF – Baher Esmat
Collaboration opportunities at the IGF
Q&A

Webinar Details

Date: Friday, 22 August 2014
Time: 16:00 UTC (Time zone conversions can be found here: ow.ly/ArlQl)
Adobe Connect: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/gseadmin/
Adigo phone information:

  • US Access Number: 213 233 3193
  • US Toll Free Access Number: 800 550 6865

Conference ID: 298475
International Adigo phone numbers: adigo.com/icann/

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-08-18-en

European ccTLD Registries Address Security Issues With ISO27001: CENTR News

CENTR small logoSecurity is an ongoing issue for the domain name system and TLD registries are at the forefront of dealing with it.

So in 2011 CENTR, on its members’ request, created a Security Working Group for ccTLDs to share security best practices and discuss ways to mitigate security risks, the latest CENTR News highlights.

At a recent workshop in Brussels and for the second time a workshop was dedicated to one topic only, the ISO 27001 security standard.

“Over the past few years I got a lot of questions from colleagues from other ccTLDs about ISO 27001,” Bert ten Brinke, Security Officer with SIDN, Chair of the CENTR Security working group and expert in the field of ISO 27001 told CENTR News. “After a short inventory, the idea was born to organise a workshop completely focused on ISO 27001.”

“ISO forces you to build a process to deal with security risks within and around your organisation and its core tasks,” reported CENTR News. “When everyone involved starts to operate according to this process an organisation’s security will become less dependent on individual employees. Bert ten Brinke feels this is the main reason why ISO 27001 increases the chance of a better secured registry.”

“There are alternative standards that can be useful for ccTLDs and it’s of course possible to build your own processes follow your own standards. But by doing so, you’ll risk having to explain your standard over and over again. Official standards don’t have that issue. They are already accepted and used by a whole community.

“For companies there are a lot of security standards which can be used. Examples are: the American COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology), which is an IT governance framework that addresses every aspect of IT and the originally British ISO 27001(International Organization for Standardization). COBIT lays more focus on Risk Management and following Bert ten Brinke it is more difficult to implement than the ISO27001 standard.”

“It is important to build a standard according to your organisation and not the other way around”. This is Bert’s main advice for ccTLDs that are considering implementing systematic security processes by means of an official standard. Furthermore, in order to start implementing security processes in a successful way the full support of the CEO or Managing Director is crucial.

“An ISO certificate is an engagement for the future. When you are certified ISO27001 for the first time this is only the beginning. Each year you have to proof that you are ‘worth’ the certificate and after three years, you have to recertify. For most companies it’s a never ending circle of security improvement.

On registry to recently acquire ISO27001 certification was nic.at, the registry for .at domain names. The announcement was made at the recent Domain Pulse conference held in Salzburg, Austria, and Richard Wein, General Manager, said the certification was proof of the registry’s dedication to security of .at domain names.

Elsewhere in the February 2014 edition of CENTR News, there are articles on CENTR preparations for the next Internet Governance Forum meeting to be held in Istanbul in September. Plus an update on DNSSEC in Europe, which shows there are two-thirds (67%) of registries that have implemented the security standard and a quarter (26%) planning its implementation, which are the findings of a survey of 26 ccTLD registries.

Plus there is a Q&A with Nominet Brand Manager Becky Bradburn and a European ccTLD update.

To download the latest CENTR News, go to https://centr.org/news/european-cctld-news-february-2014.

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