U.S. Government further delays IANA Transition timeline with an option of up to three additional years if need be

Domains, Governance, Internet
The Internet global multi-stakeholder community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by the U.S. government and then put it into action if approved, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Monday. The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said in March last year it planned to let its contract with ICANN to operate key domain-name functions expire in September 2015, passing the oversight of the agency to a global governance model, however this is likely to extend as per the latest blog update below The Internet’s global multistakeholder community has made tremendous progress in its work to develop a proposal to transition the historic stewardship role NTIA has played related to Internet’s domain name system (DNS). When we announced our

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

2015 Predictions: US Exceptionalism in internet governance and Cyber security

Cyber Security, Governance, Internet
2015 promises to be a great year in internet governance matters, cyber security has already hit the headlines early in the year.  Other issues on focus include the role of the US Congress in the ICANN/IANA transition. Read the expert opinion on the predictions for 2015 on CircleID article "Wikileaks 2012, NSA 2013, NTIA Mishaps & Global Cyber Crime 2014: U.S. Exceptionalism over IG 2015?" below; Wikileaks 2012, NSA 2013, NTIA Mishaps & Global Cyber Crime 2014: U.S. Exceptionalism over IG 2015? The internet has become almost part of our daily involvement and reality is that it affects every facet of our modern lives. We are increasingly becoming dependent on the Internet, for which reason its availability, functionality, safety, stability and security are now of great and continui

Bill Clinton says NO to Internationalizing Internet Ovesight

Domains, Internet
Former President Bill Clinton objects to the Obama administration's plan to give up the United States' control over online domain names and addresses, saying that the country's agencies have done a good job keeping the Internet free and open. "A lot of people who have been trying to take this authority from the U.S. for the sole purpose of cracking down on Internet freedom and limiting it and having governments protect their backsides instead of empowering the people," Clinton said during a panel discussion sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, reports ReCode.net. And although National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's revelations gave "new energy" to an international opinion that the United States should not be in control of domain names, Clinton disagrees, saying that he doe...

U.S. government wants to relinquish control, but who should oversee the Web?

Governance, Internet
The Commerce Department recently announced it would give up oversight of ICANN, the California nonprofit that manages the unique domains of the world's websites and email servers. There's been international pressure to make the change, especially in light of revelations about NSA surveillance. Vint Cerf of Google and Randolph May of the Free State Foundation join Judy Woodruff to offer debate. TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: Who controls the World Wide Web, and how is it overseen and governed? These are the questions that most of us don’t really know the answers to, but the Obama administration announced a change in the role played by the United States, one that’s stirring up concerns about the Internet’s future and freedom from censorship. FADI CHEHADE,CEO, ICANN: To become the world’s ICANN

US Surrender of Internet Governance Leads to Turbulence & Risks Says former CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom

Governance, Internet
In an email to subscribers of his newsletter, the former CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom says the US surrender of Internet governance role will leadsto new turbulence and risks Here is his statement: “During my tenure as CEO of ICANN, I signed both the 2009 Affirmation of Commitments and the 2012 IANA contract that governs changes to the global Internet’s root zone – the authoritative database of top-level Internet domain names and addresses. These are the definitive agreements that codify the relationship between the U.S. government and ICANN. Last Friday the U.S. government effectively surrendered its historic authority over the Internet with its surprise announcement of its intention to pass this responsibility to the global multistakeholder community. From its inception, ICANN was desig

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

U.S. Set to Cede Oversight of Web Domain Manager

Domains, Governance, Internet
The US is reported to be preparing to release its last control of the Internet. Move Seen in Response to International Concern About Country's Control Over Internet Structure WASHINGTON—The U.S. government plans to give up control over the body that manages Internet names and addresses, a move that could bring more international cooperation over management of the Web, but will make some U.S. businesses nervous. The Commerce Department said on Friday it plans to relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, which manages a number of technical functions that serve as signposts to help computers locate the correct servers and websites. The action is viewed as a response to increasing international concern about U.S. control over the Internet'
Is ICANN using PRISM as excuse to break from the US?

Is ICANN using PRISM as excuse to break from the US?

As reported by Domainincite ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, with backing from government leaders, is using the recent revelations about the PRISM mass surveillance program to try to speed up ICANN’s split from the US. Speaking to an American radio station, Chehade said yesterday: I think the current role the United States has with ICANN was always envisaged to change. The timing of that was the question — not if, it was just when. I think now it is clear that we need to talk about changing that role and evolving it to become a more global role where all stakeholders, not just governments, have an equal footing in the governance of the Internet. So the timing has been put into clear focus right now, that is what’s happening. He was speaking from the latest Internet Governance Forum in Bali, where

Senators push NTIA, to demand answers on new gTLD security

Domains, Governance
Did Verisign get to the US Congress? That’s the intriguing question emerging from a new Senate appropriations bill. In the bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee delivers a brief but scathing assessment of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s performance on ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. It says it believes the NTIA has “not been a strong advocate for U.S. companies and consumers”. If passed, the bill would order the agency to appear before the committee within 30 days to defend the “security” aspects of new gTLDs. The bill “urges greater participation and advocacy within the GAC”. While the NTIA had a low-profile presence at the just-finished Durban meeting, it would be difficult to name many other governments that participate or advocate more