ICANN Accountability Deficits Revealed in Panel Ruling on .AFRICA

“Fortress ICANN” No Longer Able to Shield Itself from Accountability

In an important test of ICANN’s primary accountability mechanism, its Independent Review Process (IRP), the organization has been handed a stinging blow over its mishandling of the bid for the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) .AFRICA.

At the crux of the issue […]

ICANN Loses Independent Review Panel Decision For Unfairly Treating TLD Applicant & Improper Deference to Governments

ICANN has lost an important case in its Independent Review Panel (IRP) process in the .Africa new domain case and its implications for other new domains are huge.

ICANN lost mainly for its unfair treatment to new generic top-level domain applicants and for providing undue deference to advice from the Governmental […]

ICANN’s NonCommercial Users, IP Justice, APC, Others Submit Comments on ICANN’s Plan to Kill Privacy Protections for Domain Names

Today, IP Justice submitted comments, together with ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and several other organizations and individuals concerned about ICANN’s proposal to restrict access to privacy protections for domain name registrations.

Read the comments submitted from NCSG, IP Justice, and others here.

See the many other […]

IP Justice Comments on Imposition of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) .Cat and .Pro and Consumers by ICANN

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Comment posted here: http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-cat-renewal-28may15/msg00001.html

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IP Justice opposes this illegitimate attempt to circumvent proper policy development process in the creation and imposition of a new gTLD policy. In addition to the inappropriate process utilized, the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) policy will chill freedom of expression as domain […]

IP Justice Encourages ICANN to Protect the Privacy Rights of Internet Users

1 July 2015

To: comments-whois-accuracy-14may15-en@icann.org

ICANN Public Comment Forum: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/2013-whois-accuracy-spec-review-2015-05-14-en

Dear ICANN,

Thank you for this opportunity to provide comment on the Review of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement’s Whois Accuracy Program Specification.

IP Justice is a San Francisco-based nonprofit civil liberties organization that promotes balanced intellectual property rights and Internet policy that enables freedom and […]

IP Justice Comment on Illegitimate Imposition of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) of Domain Names on .Travel and Consumers by ICANN

Posted in ICANN Public Comment Forum: http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-travel-renewal-12may15/msg00012.html

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Policy Needs to Developed Through Legitimate Process. Staff Created and Imposed Policies Like This Are Illegitimate. URS Will Chill Freedom of Expression

To: comments-travel-renewal-12may15@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Policy Needs to Developed Through Legitimate Process. Staff Created and Imposed Policies Like This Are Illegitimate. URS Will Chill Freedom […]

IP Justice Signs Open Letter to Senate of Paraguay to Protect Privacy Rights of Internet Users

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTION
Open letter to the Senate of Paraguay – June 1st, 2015,
Honorable Senate of the Republic of Paraguay:
We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to reject the proposed bill that “establishes the obligation to retain traffic data” introduced by Senators Fernando Silva Facetti, Roberto Acevedo, Arnaldo Giuzzio and Arnoldo Wiens.
This […]

IP Justice Advises ICANN Board to Protect Freedom of Expression Rights and Respect Community-Developed Policy in ICANN Top-Level Domain Policy

IP Justice sent a letter this week to ICANN's Board Governance Committee to express concern for ICANN's treatment of Internet user's freedom of expression rights in the organization's policy for new Generic Top-Level Domains (GTLDs). The letter, which urged the committee to reconsider it's recent decision to restrict numerous lawful of the word "doctor" in the Internet's domain name system, stated ...

Freedom of Expression Chilled By ICANN’s Addition of Speech Restrictions in DNS: ‘Public Interest Commitments’ Amount to Illegitimate Usurpation of Bottom-Up Policy

Freedom of expression on the Internet is at risk from ICANN’s recent decision to prohibit anyone but one specific type of doctor from using the word within the .doctor new gTLD space.   Last month, ICANN’s New GTLD Program Committee decided that only “medical practitioners” would be allowed to register a domain […]

Proposal for the Creation of a “Community Veto” Process on Key Decisions of ICANN’s Board of Directors

Amending ICANN's existing corporate bylaws to create a community veto process and a board recall mechanism could empower the ICANN community to over-see the direction of ICANN's board of directors. These bylaws revisions would greatly aid in the organization's effort to be accountable to the community it serves without requiring a radical re-organization of ICANN's legal structure.

Civil Society Cautions Against ICANN Proposal to Give Governments a Veto Over New Domains Using “Geographic Names”

A group of twenty-four civil society organizations and individuals today submitted a joint statement regarding a proposal from an ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) sub-group on the use of geographic names in top-level domains. The joint civil society statement cautioned against the adoption of the GAC proposal that would give governments veto power on domains that use geographic names. The submission stated that the proposal would threaten to chill freedom of expression and other lawful rights to use words in domain names, stifle innovation, and undermine the multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance. The group also stated that the proposal is based on flawed presumptions of law and 'the public interest' and is entirely unworkable from a practical standpoint.

Aligning ICANN Policy With Privacy Rights of Internet Users – IGF 2014 Workshop Transcript & Video

ALIGNING ICANN POLICY WITH PRIVACY RIGHTS OF INTERNET USERS
September 5, 2014 – IGF Workshop from Istanbul, Turkey

>> PRANASH PRAKASH: Shall we start?
Good morning. Thank you for coming by for this panel on ICANN processes and privacy issues.
My name is Pranash Prakash with the Yale Information Society project as well as […]