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November, 2013

Google’s Project Link: A US$14 million Metronet in Kampala to open up the market

Google has a global ambition to get Internet access available more widely (see Brett St Clair video link on access at the bottom of this story). This week it announced the launch of a Metronet in Kampala designed to open up the market. Russell Southwood spoke to Google’s Access Field Director, Kai Wulff about what […]

District Judge LIAM O’GRADY Rules Domain Names Are Not Property under Virgina Law

A Virgina federal judge has ruled that domain names are not property under Virgina Law. The case is ALEXANDRIA SURVEYS, LLC, , v. ALEXANDRIA CONSULTING GROUP, LLC, (ACG)  Civil Action No. 1:13-CV-00891, United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division and was handed down by District Judge LIAM O’GRADY The case was an appeal from […]

Verisign Part 4 of 4: SLD Blocking Is Too Risky without TLD Rollback

Burt Kaliski| Nov 20, 2013 ICANN’s second level domain (SLD) blocking proposal includes a provision that a party may demonstrate that an SLD not in the initial sample set could cause “severe harm,” and that SLD can potentially be blocked for a certain period of time.  The extent to which that provision would need to […]

São Paulo prepares to host international conference on Internet governance

Brasilia, 11/18/2013 – Sao Paulo will host on 23 and 24 April 2014, an international conference to discuss the new model of global internet governance. The proposal of the Federal Government was announced on the morning of Monday the Ministers of Communications, Paulo Bernardo, Science and Technology Marco Antonio Raupp, and Foreign Affairs, Luiz Alberto […]

Fadi Chehadé: shift away from US ‘is the way forward’

The internet’s main governing body for the control of domain names has indicated a further shift away from its US roots as it gears up for a London meeting in December to discuss internet governance. In a press conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) Fadi […]

.co.uk now shortenned to .uk

Dot UK: British firms can trim web addresses (Reuters) – Businesses using the “.co.uk” web address domain will be able to shorten the suffix to simply “.uk” next year to help make website names snappier, British Internet registry organization Nominet said on Wednesday. The new domain brings Britain in line with Germany’s .de and France‘s […]

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

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 […]

Your Father’s Internet: ICANN pushes for a shift in “the future of Internet governance in the world”

ICANN 48 is currently ongoing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the primary issues on discussion, is the single most important question: Who gets to run the Internet? Currently, the Internet is the direct evolution of the US-created military network. The US still retains the supreme governing of it. Recent revelations on the PRISM mechanism, […]

Bloomberg TV: Sophia Bekele featured in “African Women to Watch”

“Fearless, Competitive and Visionary Leaders of our time. We celebrate a new generation of African Women, closing the gender gap and shaping the continent’s political, social and economic landscape” says Bloomberg in its special TV Women to Watch FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Nov. 15, 2013 – “Africa is blooming and this is […]

Internet Society Expresses Concern over Impact of IPRs Provisions in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Draft

18 November 2013 The Internet Society is concerned that the global Internet may be harmed if countries adopt Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) provisions contained in the recently leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) draft.  We do not believe that these provisions are consistent with basic principles of transparency, due process, accountability, proportionality and the rule of […]