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June, 2010

  • 21 June

    EU critical of American influence on Internet

    In a recent meeting, the EU’s European Economic and Social Committee expressed concern about America’s dominant influence on the Internet. Thomas McDonogh, a member of the committee, stated, “A possible threat to internet security is that so many internet services are controlled from the States.” According to McDonogh, most of …

  • 16 June

    Bill could give United States right to seize Internet

    Senator Joe Lieberman has introduced a bill to Congress that if enacted, would give the American government broad powers to direct Internet policy and seize control of critical infrastructure during emergencies. Called the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA), this legislation could effectively give the government control over …

November, 2009

  • 23 November

    UK could obtain right to nationalize domain registries

    The Digital Economy Bill, currently in Parliament, could have major implications on the domain industry. It contains a broad clause that, if approved, will give the government the right to nationalize any failing domain registry based in the UK. Some domainers are crying foul over this, but in my opinion, …

  • 19 November

    Internet Governance Forum concludes in Egypt

    The fourth-annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt has just concluded. Hot topics discussed at the international event include IPv6 adoption and America’s role in Internet affairs To spur IPv6 adoption, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom proposed a “cash for clunkers” program through which old IPv4 …

October, 2009

  • 22 October

    Should ICANN be held more accountable?

    I read a great opinion piece by blogger Eileen Yu this morning about the Affirmation of Commitments (AOC) and ICANN. She argues that while the AOC has diversified Internet leadership, it does nothing to hold ICANN accountable. Total investment in the web today is many times what is what in …

September, 2009

  • 30 September

    New ICANN oversight model announced

    With the expiration of the JPA today, a new framework for the oversight of ICANN has been announced. The new model puts less emphasis on U.S. government involvement and relies more on input from foreign governments and the private sector. Called the Affirmation of Commitments, this new agreement lasts indefinitely. …

  • 10 September

    Open letter to ICANN demands recognition of non-commercial users

    The Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) sent an open letter to ICANN this week, criticizing the organization for its failure to pay attention to non-commercial Internet users like you and I. It was sent in response to the recent approval of a new charter by ICANN that favors commercial groups and …

August, 2009

  • 6 August

    More updates on call for U.S.-ICANN relationship

    In a letter sent out on August 4, two Democratic congressmen called for a permanent relationship between the United States government and ICANN. Since the event made news yesterday, more details about the situation have emerged. The letter published by the congressmen calls for the following to occur at ICANN: …

  • 5 August

    Congressmen call for permanent ICANN relationship

    With less than two months of ICANN‘s Joint Project Agreement with the United States Department of Commence remaining, two key House members are calling for permanent government involvement in the organization. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D.-Calif., and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., made a statement regarding …

  • 4 August

    Cyber czar resigns

    Just a few months after being appointed, the director of the National Cyber Security Center, or cyber czar, has resigned. Melissa Hathaway was given the position temporarily pending further review, but now wishes to move on to other things. The post hasn’t fared well since it was created by President …