Related Posts

ICANN Accountability Enhancements Key in Moving IANA Transition Forward

The results of the public consultation on the IANA transition proposal are in and the news is good. The majority of the 150 comments received by the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) were supportive of the transition proposal as a whole. Yet, while the ICG moves forward on wrapping up the transition proposal, news on the accountability front is not as promising.

Read More

The IANA Transition: The Work Ahead

The long anticipated extension of the US government contract with ICANN reflects the community’s need for additional time to accomplish a number of important tasks to bring about the IANA stewardship transition. The extension does not mean that the community is not delivering on its commitments, but rather that the process of ensuring appropriate consultation, refining proposals, securing endorsement from the ICANN community, undergoing interagency review, etc., is going to take more time.

Read More

Speak Up on the IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability

Two key public consultations central to the United States Government’s transition out of its stewardship role of the Domain Name System have just been announced. These processes are a crucial opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on important developments directly related to the governance of the DNS. They also provide the chance to demonstrate – and improve – the accountability and the multistakeholder credentials of the institutions at the heart of the Internet ecosystem.

Read More

Revised DOTCOM Act Highlights Importance of Community Empowerment

Last week, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee amended the DOTCOM Act, a bill which, in earlier drafts, would have halted the IANA functions transition process for up to a year pending US Congressional approval. The new bill reflects a much deeper understanding of, and confidence in, the significant amount of work that the global multistakeholder community has undertaken in planning both for the transition of IANA functions oversight and for the increased accountability of ICANN.

Read More

Congress Expresses Greater Confidence in Multistakeholder Work on IANA Transition

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a productive hearing on Stakeholder Perspectives on the IANA Transition. CDT, along with other witnesses, provided the subcommittee with an update on the state of play in the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition and ICANN accountability discussions. We emphasized the strength of the on-going multistakeholder process for developing the transition plans, as well as the absolutely essential linkage between ICANN accountability reforms and a successful IANA functions transition.

Read More

Freedom Online Coalition Considers Best Practices for Promoting Freedom Online

This week, member governments of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) meet in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for their 5th annual Conference. The overarching theme for the 2015 meeting is “Internet Policy Making – Best Practices for Promoting Online Freedoms” and is billed as an opportunity for governments, private sector, and civil society to discuss the threats to freedom online and the opportunities to protect and promote “fundamental freedoms and human rights.”

Read More

Digital India’s Impact on Privacy: Aadhaar numbers, biometrics, and more

Much of the discussion at the recent India-U.S. Information and Communications Technologies Working Group focused on the Indian government’s “Digital India” initiative to promote universal connectivity, with the goal of providing every citizen with broadband connection by December 2016. As part of a “cradle-to-grave digital identity” for its citizens, the government plans to draw on the Aadhaar program, a controversial unique identification system that has led the Indian government to create the world’s largest biometric database. Lisa discusses its privacy concerns and more.

Read More

Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition

The Internet is at a crucial stage of its evolution. Last year, the Commerce Department announced its intention to transition out of its oversight role of core Internet technical functions (the IANA functions) and hand that stewardship over to the global multistakeholder community. The IANA transition is a key element in the evolution of the global Internet and the current multistakeholder approach to Internet governance. Caution is appropriate, but the project must be pursued.

Read More

Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum

The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held this year in Istanbul, closed last Friday with a broad cross-section of stakeholders calling for renewal of the IGF, reflecting the meeting’s success meeting and the widespread recognition that IGF should to continue beyond 2015. CDT’s Matthew Shears and Emma Llanso recap the important forum.

Read More
  • 1
  • 2