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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

"Political Gambits" Risk to DNS Language Expansion, Says Vint Cerf

On the eve of the first ever United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum, which opens near Athens on Monday, Cerf said national interests had surfaced in recent weeks that would change the process for "internationalizing" Internet addresses. The fresh conflict shows that the high- level global debate over U.S. influence and control of the global network is still unresolved, he said. more

Reviving Concerns Over Internet Control

Starting next week, about 1,200 diplomats and technology ministers will gather at a hotel in the outskirts of Athens to resume a debate that has often pitted the Bush administration and a handful of its Western allies against Brazil, India, China and African countries. Officially, the inaugural meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum is designed to explore topics like free speech, security, spam and multilingualism... 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

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

Tension Develops Over U.S. Oversight of ICANN Following Extension

Internet governance experts remain divided over last week's decision to extend the U.S. government's oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), with some calling it appropriate and others portraying it as unwise.

The strong sentiments on either side reflect a chronic, troubling tension that has enveloped ICANN since 1998, when it was formed to progressively absorb Internet management functions until then handled fully by the U.S. government. more

Two Congressional Hearings This Week on ICANN

Congress has turned its attention to ICANN again, holding two hearings, on opposite sides of the Capitol Building, in one week. The Senate Commerce Committee starts things off on Wednesday, September 20th with a hearing titled Internet Governance: The Future of ICANN. The House Commerce Committee follows on Thusday, September 21st with ICANN Internet Goverance: Is It Working? ICANN CEO Paul Twomey and the Department of Commerce's John Kneuer will be testifying at both hearings. more

Internet Governance Experts Debate ICANN's Full Control of DNS

Internet governance experts argued on Wednesday for and against having the U.S. government hand over completely the technical coordination and management of the Internet's domain name system (DNS) to the private, non-profit ICANN this year.

Those in favor of completing this transition, which began in 1998, said the political price of having the U.S. involved in DNS management has become too high and holds back the international development of the Internet. ...Others warned that ICANN isn't yet ready to take on this task...  more

Storing VoIP Conversation along with Email as Next Regulation

IT chiefs have been warned to prepare for the possibility of new corporate governance rules that would require them to keep records of voice-over-IP (VoIP) conversations alongside email, instant messaging and other forms of communication.

Speaking at the Symantec user event in San Francisco last week, Jeremy Burton, a senior vice-president at the security specialist, said, "Financial institutions in the US already need to keep voicemail because it is stored on disk. As soon as the regulators figure out that VoIP is a digital stream, they will probably try to force that to be kept as well." more

European Commission Executive Slams "Interference" in .XXX Vote

The Internet governing body's decision to reject a new .xxx Internet domain for porn sites is a clear case of U.S. political interference in the Web's governance, the European Commission said on Thursday.

...The EU executive said the decision underscored the need to make ICANN independent quickly, following unsuccessful demands last year by a group of countries including the EU to make ICANN fully independent. more

Who Owns the Internet? See This Map

What is this ball of colors? It is the North American Internet, or more specifically a map of just about every router on the North American backbone, (there are 134,855 of them for those who are counting). The colors represent who each router is registered to. Red is Verizon; blue AT&T; yellow Qwest; green is major backbone players like Level 3 and Sprint Nextel; black is the entire cable industry put together; and gray is everyone else, from small telecommunications companies to large international players who only have a small presence in the U.S. more

Date Set for First Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

A date has been set for the first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF): Monday 30 October to Thursday 2 November in Athens, Greece.

At the same time, the United Nations has announced a 40-strong body made up of representatives from governments, private sector, civil society and the academic and technical communities to decide on how the meeting will be run and what it will discuss. more

Consultation for the Creation of Internet Governance Forum Has Concluded

Governments, business, academia and civil society have reached an uneasy truce at the end of two days of meetings over the creation of a new global body for the Internet.

There remain a number of large issues to be agreed but, thanks to some heavy prodding by UN special adviser Nitin Desai, enough agreement was reached for a first report to be sent to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. more

UN to Take First Step Towards the New Internet Governance Forum

The United Nations will launch the first round of consultations next month on creating a new Internet governance body [IGF], as agreed by delegates attending the global Net summit in Tunis last year.

The U.N., which hosted the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in November, is welcoming all stakeholders to attend the consultations, which will take place in Geneva on Feb. 16-17, according to a statement published Jan. 11 by Swiss diplomat Markus Kummer, who had previously participated in the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance. more