Do Not Empower Non-Democratic Governments’ Control Over the Internet with this Draconian “GAC Veto” on ICANN Board Decisions

By |August 27th, 2014|

This draconian proposal to change ICANN's bylaws would fundamentally transform ICANN away from being a "bottom-up" and "private-sector-led" organization and into a governmental regulatory agency by changing the GAC's role from "advisory" into "primary decision maker" by essentially creating a "governmental veto" on all key organizational decisions. This would mark a truly significant change in the overall power structure at ICANN that would dramatically empower national governments (some democratic, some authoritarian) over the management of critical Internet resources at the expense of those who participate in the bottom-up policy development process...

7 “Frequently Asked Questions” About ICANN’s Enhancing Accountability Plan that Went Unanswered in ICANN’s FAQ

By |August 25th, 2014|

Q1. Why wasn’t the community involved in the drafting of the staff plan?

Q2.  How does ICANN intend to handle the inherent conflict of interest with developing its own accountability plan?

Q3.  Why didn’t ICANN invite proposals from the community?

Q4.  Why is there no public comment period on staff’s plan?

Q5.  What is the rationale for so many non-stakeholder decision […]

Aligning ICANN Policy with Privacy Rights of Internet Users – IGF 2014 Workshop Video

By |August 25th, 2014|

 IP Justice Presents IGF 2014 Workshop #149: 
“Aligning ICANN Policy with Privacy Rights of Internet Users” 
Day 5 at the 9th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey
5 September 2014  ~  11:00 am – 12:30 pm in Istanbul (other time zones)
in Venue Workshop Room #6 at Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC)

Video Recording           […]

Quelle Suprise! ICANN’s Accountability Plan Gives ICANN Board Total Control: ICANN Limits Accountability Improvement Measures to Toothless Self-Policing

By |August 21st, 2014|

1. ICANN’s So-Called “Enhancing Accountability” Process
After a long wait, ICANN’s senior management finally released its plan for “Enhancing Accountability” at the private California corporation that makes global Internet domain name policy.  Unfortunately, the accountability deficit crisis created by ICANN’s longstanding policy of purely “self-policing” with no meaningful external accountability mechanisms will not be solved by this […]

Accountability in the ICANN Multi-Stakeholder Governance Regime – IGF 2014 Workshop Promo & Video

By |August 21st, 2014|

IP Justice Presents IGF 2014 Workshop #23: 
“Accountability in the ICANN Multi-Stakeholder Governance Regime” 
at the 9th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey
3 September 2014  ~  9:00 – 10:30 am in Istanbul (other time zones)
in Venue Room #2 at Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC)

Video Recording     Transcript

Panel Speakers:  

Larry Strictling, US NTIA
Pat Kane, […]

Enhancing ICANN Accountability – IP Justice Comments

By |June 6th, 2014|

Strengthen Protection for Human Rights, Independent Checks on Board, Greater Transparency, Adherence to Bottom-Up Decision Making

A Civil Society Perspective on NETmundial 2014 Final Outcome Document: A Remarkable Achievement, Despite Losses to Hollywood & Govts Over Specific Language on Most Controversial Issues

By |April 26th, 2014|

What follows are a few ‘big picture’ thoughts on the Netmundial meeting in Brazil this week and its final outcome document, adopted by its high level committee.  Overall, there are some truly amazing and forward-looking principles supported in the “Netmundial Multi-Stakeholder Statement” that we as civil society should be proud of, and especially our civil […]

ICANN Expands Trademark Rights & Violates Bottom-Up Policy Process: NCSG Position on ICANN Board-Staff Violation of Corporate Bylaws by Imposing ‘TM+50 Policy’ on GNSO

By |November 7th, 2013|

 
NCSG Position on ICANN Board-Staff Violation of Corporate Bylaws by Imposing “TM+50 Policy” on GNSO 
7 November 2013
 
Available as .pdf
 
At the request of ICANN legal staff as per its Cooperative Engagement Process (CEP), the Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) provides this further explanation of our complaint regarding the ICANN Board-staff’s violation of the Corporate Bylaws in its […]

Noncommercial Users Ask ICANN Board to Review Decision to Expand Trademark Rights in New Domains

By |May 1st, 2013|

ICANN's Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) has filed a Request for Reconsideration with ICANN's Board of Directors regarding the staff's decision to expand the scope of the trademark claims service beyond that provided by community consensus policy and in contradiction to ICANN Bylaws.

Statement of ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) on the Trademark Clearinghouse Talks and Staff Strawman Model

By |January 14th, 2013|

At ICANN’s 45th international meeting in Toronto in October 2012, ICANN’s Intellectual Property and Business Constituencies sent a letter to ICANN to request that additional changes be made to the policies for new top-level domain names. Despite the fact that the current policy had been long finalized via a painstakingly arduous consensus process in which all stakeholders compromised and ultimately reached unanimous agreement, nonetheless the IPC and BC sent a letter to Fadi Chehade, the new CEO, and the ICANN Board of Directors with 8-points for consideration and policy modification. Many of these points were the same requests the intellectual property/ business community has made before. Unfortunately, the key aspects of most of the 8-points sought to re-open previously closed agreements. Further, most of the points proposed policy changes, rather than merely clarifying technical implementation details.