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Stopping or Delaying the IANA Transition is a Terrible Idea

In the run up to the long anticipated IANA transition on September 30, “internet give-away” rhetoric is obscuring the reality that stopping or delaying the IANA transition will undermine the interests of businesses, human rights organizations, the technical community, and the United States Government. Paradoxically, those who believe that there will be an “internet give-away” fail to realize that what they fear – empowered authoritarian regimes, imperiled free expression, and the eventual take-over of the internet by other governments or the UN – is most likely to occur by preventing the transition from happening.

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IANA Transition Proposal Meets NTIA Criteria Necessary to Advance

Another major milestone has been reached in the IANA transition with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announcing in a report that the community proposal meets the necessary requirements to move forward. This report, along with the adoption on May 27th by the ICANN Board of the bylaw changes necessary to implement the Stewardship and Accountability proposals, should provide a significant level of comfort to those expressing concerns about the transition.

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Why the IANA Transition Matters and Must Not Be Delayed

A number of concerns continue to be raised in the media, on Capitol Hill and elsewhere about the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition to the multistakeholder community. CDT offered our thoughts on these unfounded concerns in a statement we submitted for the record of the Senate Commerce Committee hearing today and we debunk a number of these concerns in this post.

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ICANN 55: The Winding and Sometimes Bumpy Road to Marrakech

After a final month of debate, drafting and re-drafting, the Cross Community Working Group on enhancing ICANN’s accountability has reached a consensus on the accountability enhancements that must be in place before the IANA transition occurs in September 2016. The final text of the recommendations has been forwarded to ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees for approval during the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech.

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CDT addresses the United Nations General Assembly and Counter-Terrorism Advisor

This week, two of CDT’s experts appeared before key bodies of the United Nations dealing with critical issues for the future Internet. Matthew Shears addressed the UN General Assembly on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) review. Emma Llansó spoke to the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on the risks to the human rights of Internet users as governments seek to find appropriate responses to “extremist” content online.

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Post-2015 WSIS Agenda Must Be Forward-Looking, Multistakeholder and Development Focused

Effectively, it is the ambition of some governments to turn back the clock on the role of stakeholders in the management and the governance of the Internet. But to outline and, importantly, implement a development-oriented post-2015 agenda will require all stakeholders coming together to build on the vast experience the community has creating social wellbeing and economic opportunity and growth.

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Preview of Internet Governance Forum 2015

The Internet Governance Forum 2015 kicks off next week in João Pessoa, Brazil and CDT’s Matthew Shears will be an active participant. The theme for this IGF is the “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”, which seeks to highlight the role the Internet, and ICTs more generally, play in economic development. A key focus will be the importance of reinforcing the linkages between Internet governance and the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted at the United Nations in September.

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World Summit on the Information Society Must Focus on Sustainable Development Goals

In December, the UN General Assembly will be convening in New York to discuss a range of issues related to Internet policy and development. This convening, a culmination of the review process of the World Summit on the Information Society, will be guided by a negotiated document that sets out the scope of issues the government representatives will discuss. Consultations with non-governmental and governmental stakeholders in October provided those drafting the document with invaluable and, at times, divergent input. But the overall message was clear: the WSIS post-2015 should contribute to achieving the targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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