Internet governance

Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation

The leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure globally have met in Montevideo, Uruguay, to consider current issues affecting the future of the Internet.

The Internet and World Wide Web have brought major benefits in social and economic development worldwide. Both have been built and governed in the public interest through unique mechanisms for global multistakeholder Internet cooperation, which have been intrinsic to their success. The leaders discussed the clear need to continually strengthen and evolve these mechanisms, in truly substantial ways, to be able to address emerging issues faced by stakeholders in the Internet.

In this sense:

It's time to rethink Cybercrime

The shift towards the digitisation of economies has opened up huge opportunities. But it’s also brought enormous security risks. As our online footprint grows and we touch the Internet through an average of 5.7 devices in every home, we are increasingly exposed to risks including fraud, identity theft, virus attack and breaches of personal information.

Explanation and history of the GAC advice

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) holds a unique and powerful role within ICANN.

Although it is only advisory, the GAC represents the views of the world's governments and so its formal "advice" is taken extremely seriously: to the extent that if the ICANN Board does not agree with GAC advice, it is obliged to try to reach agreement or provide a clear explanation for why it does not intend to follow the advice.

GAC advice: new gTLD safeguards

Below is Annex 1 to the Governmental Advisory Committee's (GAC) communique to the ICANN Board delivered on 11 April 2013 in Beijing. It concerns a series of "safeguards" for new gTLDs.

Safeguards on New gTLDs

The GAC considers that Safeguards should apply to broad categories of strings. For clarity, this means any application for a relevant string in the current or future rounds, in all languages applied for. The GAC advises the Board that all safeguards highlighted in this document as well as any other safeguard requested by the ICANN Board and/or implemented by the new gTLD registry and registrars should:

What controls are needed for the next generation of domain names?

ICANN opens comment period on government recommendations

Do we need greater controls on the companies that will be providing the next generation of Internet addresses?

That's the question that DNS oversight organization ICANN would like to hear you answer in a public comment period open now until 4 June.

Internet Governance Forum appeals for workshop newcomers

Advisory group responds to insider nature of annual meeting

Photo credit: Veni Markovski

A deadline for workshop proposals at this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been extended to 7 May.

The extension is an annual ritual but this time it will be limited to those that have not previously run a workshop - a decision taken "to encourage newcomers to submit workshop proposals", according to a message on the IGF website.

New gTLD program waiting on the world's governments

"GAC advice" will ask for new policies for certain applications

The five-year process for adding over 1,000 new extensions to the Internet is currently waiting on a final set of recommendations from the world's governments.

At ICANN's meeting taking place in Beijing, a range of last-minute issues covering the new gTLD process from contract changes to the protection of names and trademarks are being discussed.

The biggest impact on the process however will be "advice" from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) that will require certain groups of applicants to introduce additional "safeguards" before they are approved to run a new extension.

ICANN Beijing: Update on the ATRT

It's only the most important ICANN process you've never heard of

"ICANN is reviewing itself to death. So it would be nice to know why the current review process doesn't work."

There is a certain irony in the fact that ICANN Board member Chris Disspain was asking this of the organization's lead review team - the Accountability and Transparency Review Team, or ATRT.

Disspain is right though, as he often is when it comes to identifying the problems, many self-inflicted, that ICANN faces. He went on to identify a number of other structural and cultural issues, as well as spot where the organization had actually improved in the past year.

Questions continue over legality of new gTLD private auctions

Right of the Dot posts legal opinion decrying anti-trust suggestions

A fight over private auctions is disrupting efforts to resolve a large number of conflicting applications for new Internet extensions.

The latest missive in a battle over rights to dozens of new names on the Internet is a legal opinion commissioned by one of the main companies hoping to profit from such auctions.

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