P.I.R. appoints Kathy Kleiman as Director of Policy

ISOC-NY would like to congratulate both Kathy Kleiman and the Public Interest Registry on her appointment as their Director of Policy. As noted on the PIR blog, Kathy has long stood up for the interests and rights of the the Internet using public, not only as a co-founder of the Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN (of which ISOC-NY is a member), but in countless other ways. That she will now have the opportunity to pursue such interests full-time on behalf of the .org community is great news!

See below for a classic example of Kathy in action in a recent ISOC-NY webcast:

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Video of ICANN gTLD Implementation Consultation NYC

icann logoMembers of ISOC-NY attended ICANN’s gTLD Implementation Consultation session at the Millennium Hotel in NYC last Monday July 13.

ICANN’s Implementation Recommendation Team presented their report on how disputes over trademarks in the new domains be handled. There were also presentations on new developments in DNS security, and scaling the root server system. Attendee’s comments and questions, both oral and written, were solicited.

Some video is after the jump. More will be added. Also find links to related articles etc below.
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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