Entries categorised as Governance of Cyberspace:

auDA Policy Panel recommends direct registration in .au

Posted On August 19, 2015
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A policy panel appointed by auDA, the regulatory authority for the .au domain space, has proposed opening the space to direct registrations – e.g. myname.au.

The proposal is contained in a set of Draft Recommendations, released on 19 August for public consultation.

The public have until 30 September to comment on the proposals, either by written submission or completion of an online survey.

IANA transition will miss September 2015 deadline

Posted On June 24, 2015
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The US government has confirmed that the process of transitioning IANA responsibilty will extend well beyond the target of September of this year, IP Watch reports.

We’re not the Internet content police, says ICANN

ICANN has declared it is not, and cannot be, a content regulator.

In a recent blog post, ICANN’s Chief Contract Compliance Officer, Allen R. Grogan, states ICANN “was never granted, nor was it ever intended that ICANN be granted, the authority to act as a regulator of Internet content”.

Accordingly, despite calls for it to do so, ICANN will not use the 2013 Registry Accreditation Agreement to require a registrar to determine whether a website is engaged in illegal activity, to demand that a website operator or registered domain name owner cease illegal activity, or to suspend a domain name if a website operator or registered domain name owner does not cease illegal activity.


Process for handover of IANA responsibilities elaborated

Posted On June 3, 2015
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The planning process for transfer of IANA responsibilities, away from the US Department of Commerce, has been divided between these three components – names, numbers, protocols – IP Watch reports.

ICANN should be Star Trek’s Scotty (not Kirk), says Magaziner

Posted On February 12, 2015
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Ira Magaziner, former US Presidential aide with responsibility for the Internet, has called on ICANN to stick to the narrow, technical tasks – to be the Scotty in the boiler room of Star Trek, and not Captain Kirk.

According to the IP Watch report on the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore, Magaziner also said ICANN:

  • must improve participation of developing countries, which is still too low;
  • should stick to its internet roots and not try to dominate, staying true to the bottom-up principle; and
  • should not build up too big a stockpile of money and try to become the next Apple, because that would make ICANN a target.

The year ahead in Internet governance

Posted On January 30, 2015
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2015 is shaping as pivotal year for governance of the Internet, according to IP Watch.

auDA to review policies for allocation and use of .au domain names

Posted On January 30, 2015
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.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space, is commencing a review of its policies for the allocation and use of domain names in the .au domain space.

The terms of reference for the review require consideration of the following issues:

  • Should .au be opened up to direct registrations (eg. domainname.au)? If yes, should there be any policy rules, and if so what rules?
  • Should the eligibility and allocation policy rules for asn.au, com.au, id.au, net.au and org.au be changed? If yes, what changes should be made?
  • Should the policy rules relating to the reserved list and misspellings be changed? If yes, what changes should be made?

The review will be undertaken by the Names Policy Panel (NPP), chaired by Derek Whitehead, former CIO at Swinburne University of Technology.  The NPP includes representatives of  key stakeholders in the Australian domain name system, including accredited registrars, domain name resellers, domain name holders, domainers, business, consumers, government, law enforcement, legal sector, IT industry and Internet users.

The deliberations of the NPP will commence in February, with the final report to the auDA Board due in November 2015.

ITU conference successfully fails to mention Internet governance

Posted On November 11, 2014
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference last week has been hailed a success, on the basis that reference to possible reconsideration of the allocation of internet addresses or domain names was erased from the final documents, reports IP Watch.

Internet Governance and Ungovernance Forums channel John Perry Barlow

Posted On September 9, 2014
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The “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace” by John Perry Barlow in the end somehow reconnected the 9th Internet Governance Forum and the new Internet Ungovernance Forum held in Istanbul last week, reports IP Watch.

Takeaways from ICANN 49 in Singapore

Posted On May 5, 2014
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ICANN 49 addressed, among other things, the following issues:

  • the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) safeguard advice;
  • the Qualified Launch Program (QLP) for registry operators;
  • Specification 13 to the new gTLD Registry Agreement for dot brand registries;
  • the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s (IANA’s) transition away from the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA);
  • rights protection mechanism (RPM) circumvention; and
  • intergovernmental organization (IGO) abbreviations.

For a summary of the outcomes on these issues, see Katten’s takeaways from ICANN 49.