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China Backs Away from Censorship Software After Intense Citizen Outcry

China's authoritarian government has backed away from an order [related] that Internet-filtering software be loaded onto every new computer after an outcry by citizens accustomed to the relative freedom of online life. Legal challenges, petitions, and satirical cartoons had been part of a grass-roots effort to scuttle the initiative, announced earlier this month... more

EU Praises ICANN's Work

We are very satisfied with the work of ICANN. What Europe was objecting was the government oversight of ICANN," EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told The Associated Press. "I think ICANN is doing a perfectly good job as it is. Just leave it alon more

China Shows Positive Attitude Towards IANA Transition

Observers of IANA transition may have found a remarkably interesting fact that both supporters and opponents of the transition like citing China, along with a small number of other countries, as evidence in favor of their arguments. For supporters, take Larry Strickling as an example, blocking transition benefits China in that it will "intensify their advocacy for government-led or intergovernmental management of the Internet via the United Nations." On the contrary... more

Republicans Barreling Toward a September Showdown Over IANA Transition

Republicans gear up for fight against internet transition," Ashley Gold and Tony Romm reporting in the POLITICO today. more

UN Internet Governance Forum to Hold First Meeting

The UN's Internet Governance Forum will hold its first meeting Oct. 30 to discuss the future of the Internet, especially as it relates to access, security, diversity and emerging issues.

...Nitin Desai, who will chair the meeting, said the technology is young and people have not really sorted out how the Internet should be treated. He compared debates about the Internet to those about the chemical composition of ink and the design of the paper when the printer was invented, which missed the point. more

ICANN's Rocky Beginning - When Friends Were Scarce

In ICANN's earliest days, it had very few friends, or so it seemed to the initial Board members. There were none of the compliments and congratulations that normally accompany the creation of a new corporation. There was great hesitancy among potential donors over the fact that we did not yet have (and would not have for nine long months), a federal tax exemption number. There was also a poisonous open Board meeting in December 1998 in Cambridge, Massachusetts... more

Milton Mueller on Whether NSA Revelations Have Anything to Do With Internet Governance

In a blog post today in IGP, Milton Mueller writes: "[I]t's not surprising that the [NSA] revelations sent ripples through the world of Internet governance. Although there seemed to be no direct connection between the controversies, the native internet institutions -- already worried about their alleged competition with the ITU -- seem to have felt as if they might be tarred with the NSA brush. On October 7, 2013, we got the Montevideo statement. In it, the ICANN President, all 5 RIR Directors, the IAB Chair, the IETF Chair, the Internet Society President, and the W3C Chief Executive Officer made two key points..." more

The Borg in Us All: Is Resistance Futile?

One of the main roles played by science fiction is to portray fundamental issues and questions that face humanity long before they actually become relevant to our daily lives. We cannot always be sure of where our reality ends, and fiction begins. Star Trek storylines including Borgs are a good example. In the storyline, Borgs are part organic, part artificial and created eons ago, yet they seem to presage the challenges in our contemporary personal reality and challenges in the Internet's cyberspace. more

ICANN New CEO Refuting US Control

Darren Pauli of IDG News Service reports: "The new Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) chief has poured cold water on claims the organization is resisting a break from alleged US oversight. Incoming CEO Rod Beckstrom said at the Sydney ICANN meeting that he does not have a 'fixed form opinion' but is confident that an 'optimistic' resolution will be passed. The comments follow a call last month by European Union society commissioner Viviane Reding for US President Barack Obama to break the country's ties with ICANN..." more

Intentional Disruptions to Internet Access Cost Countries $2.4 Billion Last Year

Around the world, digital technology is seen as vital for economic development. In the U.S. alone, the Internet accounts for about six percent of the entire economy. Digital technology has expanded its role in the global economy in recent years, as both developed and developing nations have become increasingly reliant on the Internet. more

Vint Cerf Speaking at First-Ever Internet Governance Forum

Mr. Cerf was speaking at the first-ever Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a United Nations' creation to bring all the decision makers involved in the internet together. ...changes to the way the net works, to accommodate a multi-lingual internet, raised concerns, he said. more

Senior U.S. Bush Administration: No More Net Governance Changes

Are tensions related to the United States' historic influence over key Internet management functions a thing of the past? Two senior Bush administration officials involved in setting Net policy say that's the case.

U.S. Ambassador David Gross and Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Kneuer say they view the question as settled... more

Internet Society Calls for Restoration of Full Internet Access in Turkey

Internet Society President and CEO, Kathy Brown, issued the following statement in light of recent Internet disruptions in Turkey. more

UN Forum on Internet Governance Opens in Athens

A year after the United States narrowly avoided a bruising row with the rest of the world over control of the Internet, round two of talks on the Web's future has opened in a UN-sponsored Forum on Internet Governance. more

Internet Governance Forum: Starting a Dialogue Which Will Last for Years

A dispute over U.S. control of the Internet is likely drag on through a conference of state envoys, regulators and technology experts next week to discuss the future of the Internet.

"There are many countries which all have their own interests and opinions," Greek Transport Minister Michalis Liapis said Thursday. "We are starting a dialogue which I think will take many years." Liapis and the Greek government will host the first Internet Governance Forum, a four-day U.N. global summit in Athens that starts Monday. more