ICANN 55ICANN’s 55th Meeting takes place this week in Marrakech, Morocco. ISOC-NY, in partnership with Civic Hall, will host a NYC remote hub for the two Public Forum sessions. The hub will be fully interactive, with 2-way video, and refreshments will be supplied. This is an important opportunity to participate in the Internet Governance process at a critical time in ICANN’s development – not just the finalization of the IANA transition, casting off the reins of the US Government, but also other critical issues, such as the further advancement of the TLD expansion, what to do with the millions of revenue from same, how to resolve the conflicts between privacy and transparency in determining a new WHOIS framework, and much more. The issues will be broadly defined at the first Public Forum session (Noon-1:30pm EST Monday March 7) where there will be some time for clarifying questions, and then fully discussed at the second Public Forum session (8:30am-11am Thursday March 10). You will be able to address the entire ICANN Plenary from the remote hub. Please join us at Civic Hall and have your say!

What: ICANN 55 Public Forum NYC Remote Hub
Where: Civic Hall, 156 5th Ave NYC, 2nd Floor (at 20th st)
When: Public Forum 1 – Monday Mar 7 noon-1:30pm EST
?Public Forum 2 – Thursday Mar 10 8:30-11:00 am EST
Register: Monday – http://www.meetup.com/isoc-ny/events/229405818/
Thursday: http://www.meetup.com/isoc-ny/events/229405846/
Twitter: #ICANN55 + NYC

MEETUP: NYC Remote Hub for ICANN 51 – Thursday Oct 16 2014 – Register Now!

NYC ICANN 51On Thursday October 16 2014 the Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY), Connecting .nyc, and the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP) will host a Remote Hub for the 51st Meeting of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers aka ICANN 51, taking place in Los Angeles. The hub will be fully interactive, with 2-way video, and participate in 3 sessions. Plentiful refreshments will be supplied, courtesy of ICANN. Please register via ISOC-NY’s meetup, or by emailing admin@isoc-ny.org.

What: NYC Remote Hub for ICANN 51
Where: Blip Clinic Dumbo Outpost, 55 Washington St #321, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)
When: Thursday October 16 2014 11am-8pm EDT
1. Enhancing ICANN Accountability 11:30am-12:45pm EDT
2. Community Discussion with the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) 1pm-3pm EDT
3. Public Forum 4:30pm-8pm EDT
Register: http://www.meetup.com/isoc-ny/events/212661472/
Twitter: #icann51 | #remotehub

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VIDEO: Avri Doria receiving first ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award

Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) member Avri Doria is the recipient of the inaugural
ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award, which she received in June 2014 at ICANN50 in London. Video of the award ceremony is below.

View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/c0Mf0GIqg84
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/1jJEQWSXLhlB/
Twitter: @Avri

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Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress

On Friday March 14 2014 the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it had invited ICANN to make a multistakeholder-derived proposal to take over responsibility for the “IANA functions“, i.e. management of the Internet’s root zone, when the current contract ends in 2015. In response Internet technical organizations, including the Internet Society, issued the following statement:

Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress

The leaders of the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure (IETF, IAB, RIRs, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC, and W3C), welcome the US Government’s announcement of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.

The roles on policy development processes of the Internet technical organizations and ICANN’s role as administrator of the IANA functions, remain unchanged

The transition of the US Government stewardship has been envisaged since the early days of IANA functions contract. This transition is now feasible due to the maturity of the Internet technical organizations involved in performing their respective roles related to the IANA functions, and ICANN will facilitate a global, multi-stakeholder process to plan for the transition.

The strength and stability of the IANA functions within the above organizations (which make up the Internet technical community) are critical to the operation of the Internet. The processes around the IANA functions have always been carefully specified in the communities that our organizations represent. The IANA functions are faithfully administered by ICANN. We are committed to continuing our proven, community-driven processes as we engage in this transition. Our communities are already considering proposals to progress the transition.

Our organizations are committed to open and transparent multi-stakeholder processes. We are also committed to further strengthening our processes and agreements related to the IANA functions, and to building on the existing organizations and their roles. The Internet technical community is strong enough to continue its role, while assuming the stewardship function as it transitions from the US Government.
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Internet Society meetings at ICANN45 – Oct 14 & Oct 16

Internet SocietyThere will be two Internet Society meetings in conjunction with ICANN45 in Toronto. All members are welcome to participate, either in person or online. Online participation comprises of a webex conference (with an alternative phone bridge), plus an additional live text transcription and video webcast. Toronto is on the same time as NYC.

What: ISOC in ICANN meeting
Where: The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel
When: Sunday October 14 2012 7.30pm EDT | 2330 UTC
Agenda: http://bit.ly/OqklLc
Webex: link
Telephone: 408-600-3600 (US) | elsewhere – Code: 927 376 857
Webcast: http://livestream.com/internetsocietychapters
Transcript: http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=CFI-ISOC
Twitter: #icann45 | #isoc | @internetsociety

What: ISOC Chapters and Members meeting
Where: The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel
When: Tuesday October 16 2012 7.30pm EDT | 2330 UTC
Agenda: http://bit.ly/OVFVc5
Webex: link
Telephone: 408-600-3600 (US) | elsewhere – Code: 922 701 747
Webcast: http://livestream.com/internetsocietychapters
Transcript: http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=CFI-ISOC
Twitter: #icann45 | #isoc | @internetsociety
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Sébastien Bachollet elected to ICANN Board

sebastien bacholletISOC-NY would like to congratulate Sébastien Bachollet of ISOC France on his election as the At-Large selected ICANN Board Member. Sébastien will occupy seat #15 beginning at the end of the 2010 ICANN Annual General Meeting to be held in Cartagena, Colombia in December 2010.

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Internet Society calls for wider consultation on ICANN DNS CERT proposal

In February the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) set out its Proposed Strategic Initiatives for Improved DNS Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) and, specifically, proposed the establishment of the Domain Name System-Computer Emergency Response Team (DNS-CERT).

At the  March ICANN meeting in Nairobi CEO Rod Beckstrom endorsed the proposals, citing increased attacks on the DNS system.

The Internet  Society (ISOC) has filed comments stating that 1) there is no evidence of a sudden increase in attacks, increased vulnerability or inadequacy of current arrangements, and 2) that ICANN has jumped the gun with its proposals which are not necessarily within its purview. Indeed it is suggested that ICANN did not even gain the full backing of its own supporting organizations and advisory committees before making the proposals, and this is backed up by the comments of At-Large Advisory Committee Chair Cheryl Langdon-Orr.

ISOC recommends that the proposals be tabled while further consultation is made with the many institutional, national and regional organizations, including existing CERTs, that are already involved in maintaining DNS stability.

ISOC believes it is vital to rely on the Internet model to get the best result. The Internet model relies on open, bottom-up, freely accessible, public, multi-stakeholder, and knowledge-based processes for both technology and policy development.
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