Dissenting Opinion of Member Robin Gross to ICANN CCWG Accountability Report on Issue of Enhancing Governmental Control Over Internet via ICANN Accountability Reform Process

By |February 20th, 2016|

Dissent of Member Robin Gross to CCWG-Accountability Report as .pdf (18 February 2016)

Dissenting Opinion of Individual Member Robin Gross on the Issue of GAC Over-Empowerment, Marginalization of Supporting Organizations

While the majority of recommendations included in the CCWG-Accountability Report for Work Stream 1 mark significant and laudable improvements for ICANN’s accountability processes, the proposal remains flawed […]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: The IANA Transition and the Role of Governments in Internet Governance by Milton Mueller

By |September 15th, 2015|

By: Dr. Milton Mueller, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Public Policy

September 15, 2015 – Full Article as .PDF
1. The IANA Transition
On March 14, 2014, the United States government announced its intention to end its direct role in overseeing the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) and IP address allocation. Those aspects of global Internet coordination, […]

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

By |April 10th, 2015|

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

By |April 1st, 2015|

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 in the .doctor name space.

ICANN’s […]

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

By |February 3rd, 2015|

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”

By |December 31st, 2014|

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

By |September 14th, 2014|

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 with the center for Internet […]

ICANN Accountability In A Multi-Stakeholder Governance Regime – IGF 2014 Transcript & Video

By |September 14th, 2014|

Ninth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum – Istanbul, Turkey
“Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-Stakeholder Governance”

September 3, 2014
ICANN Accountability In A Multi-Stakeholder Governance Regime

 
>> ROBIN GROSS: Hello everyone and welcome. My name is Robin Gross with IP Justice. I’m the organizer of this panel on ICANN accountability. ICANN’s bylaws state that it operates in the […]

Tell ICANN Not to Change its Bylaws to Give Governments Dominant Control of ICANN’s Board

By |August 27th, 2014|

Stand Up For Internet Freedom! Send a comment to ICANN to express your concern about the organization's radical proposal to hand control of the board of the directors over to governments. The Internet Needs You to Act Today!

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 […]