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Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Domains, Governance, Internet
In a landmark ruling announced on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Independent Review Process (IRP) facilitated by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) declared that DotConnectAfrica Trust was the prevailing party in the two year case was commenced after a suit that was filed by DCA Trust in October 2013 to challenge an ICANN Board decision. The international IRP Panel comprised of Arbitration experts, Mr. Babak Barin (President of Panel), a leading Commercial Arbitration Expert from Canada and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Prof. (Dr.) Catherine Kessedjian, an International Dispute Resolution Specialist and Professor of Law at the University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France; and the Honorable Judge William J. Cahill, a retired San Francisco Supe

Breaking : The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed Sen RoyBlunt and Sen. Hatch’s Internet Awareness Resolution as ICANN 52 Starts

Governance, Internet
Washington, D.C.—Senator Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, was joined by co-sponsors Senators Blunt, Coons, Inhofe, and Warner, in cheering passage of the Hatch-Blunt Internet Governance Awareness Week resolution (S. Res. 71), which cleared the Senate by unanimous consent on Thursday night. “Next week, ICANN will hold its 52nd public meeting in Singapore to discuss the proposed IANA Stewardship Transition, something that will have tremendous effects on Internet infrastructure and governance around the world,” Hatch said. “It’s crucial that the public know what is at stake, especially considering the political and economic consequences of getting this wrong. This resolution is a step in the right direction, and will send a message that the
Kenya Government officials skip the Internet Governance Forum

Kenya Government officials skip the Internet Governance Forum

Governance
The fifth Kenya Internet Governance Forum was held quietly in Nairobi two weeks ago, without government representation for the second year running.   Reports John Walubengo Whereas the government is not obliged to attend all ICT functions, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a UN-sanctioned forum held to deliberate on contemporary and emerging issues affecting the development of the Internet. The forum is unique in that it adopts the open and bottom-up approach, where each stakeholder or participant engages on an equal footing. In other words, representatives from civil society, media, academia, the ICT industry and government, amongst other stakeholders, debate the issues within an environment that does not favour any of them. This is in stark contrast to the traditio

NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions

Governance, Internet
NTIA Press Release WASHINGTON – To support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announces its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.  As the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). NTIA’s responsibility includes the procedural role of administering changes to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – a

CENTR on Internet Governance in 2013 and What’s Coming Up in 2014

Governance
Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR) has published an Issue Paper entitled "Internet Governance Landscape this year and next." The following is a summary from the paper along with links to download the document in full. CENTR Paper: Internet Governance landscape this year and next (Click to Download) What happened in 2013 and what's coming up in 2014 With the tenth anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) approaching next year, there has been renewed interest in reviewing the progress made on topics and activities that were included in the WSIS outcome documents. Internet governance, which became one of the most hotly debated WSIS topics, is therefore experiencing resurgence in the debates about its future. In response to concerns that ...

So, who owns the Internet?

Governance
A lawsuit in federal court may decide whether Web access remains open and neutral As writen By Christina Pazzanese, Harvard Staff Writer A clash over who should decide which information flows through Internet networks — and at what price — is now before a Washington, D.C., federal appeals court in a landmark case that could grant Internet service providers (ISPs) the unfettered power to turn the information superhighway into a private toll road. In Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission, the telecommunications giant is challenging the FCC’s authority to regulate the delivery of high-speed, high-capacity Internet access to the public. The lawsuit stems from a December 2010 FCC rule that requires wireless and wired ISPs to remain “network neutral,” meaning they not take advantage of th

2013 Domain Name Year in Review

Internet
By Elisa Cooper, Director of Product Marketing at MarkMonitor. Elisa Cooper also contributes to the MarkMonitor weblog located here. Well folks, it's that time of year again. It's time for our countdown of the top 10 biggest domain stories for 2013. And while my predictions from last year were accurate, in that we did see a record number of registry and registrar breaches, I had no idea that this year's biggest story would even appear on the list. So with that said, let's get started. #10 – Registry Security Vulnerabilities Exposed With 23 registry security breaches in this last year, the number of incidents reached an all-time high. Popular ccTLD registries such as .CN (China), .BE (Belgium) and .MY (Malaysia) were all impacted by issues arising from DDoS, Social Engineering and Brute

ICANN@15: Born in the USA – But Will It Stay?

Governance, Internet
This article was originally intended to be a short one focused on indications that ICANN was exploring the establishment of a legal nexus outside the United States and discussing what that might mean — and whether it was consistent with the Affirmation of Commitments (AOC) entered into with the United States in 2009. Then, as completion neared, came the sudden and nearly simultaneous release of the October 7th Montevideo Statement and the announcement two days later of a proposed 2014 Brazil "Summit" focused on restructuring Internet governance. At that point the task vastly expanded. So now this is intended to be an in-depth discussion of the broad and complex implications of these initiatives. It provides extensive and sometimes lengthy quotes from key individuals and documents so that r

Sacrificing ICANN Not Enough for the US to Restore Its Internet Ethics

Governance
First Written by Jean-Christophe Nothias Editor in chief, The Global Journal on huffingtonpost.com We were only a few among media to realize, back in 2012, how arrogant and powerful was the US over its dominance of the Internet, and not just its control over the root servers and the domain name management. Policy making was at stake! Since December 2012, we know it as the US 120-member delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) left the room where over 190 nation states were convene to discuss terms of progress over agreement in international telecommunication connectivity. Its major reason was: "We do not want to see the word 'Internet' appearing in an updated telecommunication intergovernmental treaty. If the US accepts this, freedom of expression over ...

‘Rethinking ICANN’ is Not a One-Man Job

Governance
In the midst of the overseeing the biggest change in the history of the Internet's global addressing system, ICANN President Fadi Chehade has inexplicably embarked on a high-stakes battle over the very future of his organization and its relationship to world governments — at the expense of the private sector's historical role in Internet governance. Worse, Fadi's global government gambit could have serious repercussions for the future of the Internet. Fadi is not the first ICANN president who sought to break ICANN's legacy links to the USA. But where previous ICANN leaders restrained themselves to rhetoric, Fadi is now neck-deep in a geo-political current where non-US governments are pushing for an end to the US role in assigning the IANA contract for allocating addresses and managing