Paris ICANN meeting to discuss reform of representative structure

Some reforms may be made at the the upcoming Paris meeting of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) on June 23 – 28 which could greatly improve ICANN’s representative structure. In a nutshell, representation of noncommercial users (public interest groups, NGOs, and individuals of a public interest bent) will be increased from its current 14%, possibly to 25% or one-third. This will also involve a change in the nature of noncommercial interest representation in ICANN.

ICANN’s Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is inviting all civil society organizations with an interest in the Internet and its global governance to be aware of this and take advantage of it.

The Internet Society of New York is a member of the NCUC and has also applied to become an At-Large Structure (ALS), which participates in the appointment of members of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC). Continue reading

ICANN Launches Subscription-Based Policy Update

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) today announced the launch of a new subscription-based ICANN Policy Update that will highlight on a monthlybasis key Internet policy issues being addressed by its bottom-up, consensus-based policy development structure.

The ICANN Policy Update is free of charge to subscribers. To subscribe, simply visit the ICANN subscription page at http://www.icann.org/newsletter/, and select Policy Update. Continue reading

Why Tiered Broadband Is the Enemy of Innovation

Om Malik Om Malik, in a GigaOm article last week, suggests that, while newly introduced tiered broadband pricing schemes appear to be a pre-emptive strike on the future of video-on-demand, they will, by stifling new innovative applications – throwing the baby out with bathwater, as he puts it – ultimately become a self-inflicted wound for the network operators.
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Conyers introduces Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act

John ConyersU.S. Rep. John Conyers, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced legislation that addresses Network Neutrality’s fair trade aspects by labeling it an antitrust matter. Conyers’ H.R. 5994 would ban discriminatory network management practices by amending the Clayton Act.

The bill, labeled the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act, would require carriers to promote competition and allow people to use any device they want to on the carriers’ networks. The bill makes exceptions for emergencies, criminal investigations, parental controls, marketing, and improvements to quality of service. Continue reading

WSIS event cluster – Geneva – May 2008

World Summit on the Information SocietyThe World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a joint effort of the ITU and the United Nations. Two meetings were held – Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005 – that gave arise to a Declaration of Principles , a Plan of Action, then a Commitment and an Agenda. The two Internet Governance Forums (IGF), in Athens 2006 and Rio 2007, were a direct result. A 3rd IGF will be held in Hyderabad, India, in Dec 2008. Before that, however, a cluster of WSIS-related events will take place in Geneva from 12-29 may 2008. Continue reading