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Internet Governance2021-07-20T19:02:04+00:00

Internet governance issues on which IP Justice engages include:  Accountability of Internet Governance Institutions, Multi-Stakeholderism, the Role of Governments, Civil Society, Domain Name Policy, International Relations, Democracy, Justice, Transparency, Internet Freedom, Development, Human Rights, Whois Privacy Policy, Cross-Border Jurisdiction and the Limits of National Sovereignty in Cyberspace


Internet governance venues in which IP Justice participates include:  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Net Mundial, ITU World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

Coalition of Public Interest Groups and Tech Companies Urge US Congress to Oppose Rule Changes that Enable Government Hacking of Personal Computers

By |June 21st, 2016|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

A group of civil liberties groups and technology companies wrote to US Congressional leaders today to oppose the proposed changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The change to the rule would grant federal magistrate judges broad authority to issue warrants for hacking and surveillance in [...]

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|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: The Internet in China by Konstantinos Komaitis

By |September 1st, 2015|Categories: Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Internet in China: A New Normal? by Konstantinos Komaitis - September 1, 2015 Full Article as .PDF The Great Wall of China is not just an amazing structure; its role and purpose are equally fascinating. Built over two centuries, the main purpose of the Great Wall was to protect [...]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: Internet Architecture as Proxy for State Power by Laura DeNardis

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Internet Architecture as Proxy for State Power By Laura DeNardis, Ph.D. - August 15, 2015 Full Article as .PDF Internet Freedom in the Age of Internet Control The Internet is no longer just a communication system. It is also a control system in which more objects than people are connected [...]

IP Justice Letter on New GTLD .Music “Community” Priority Evaluation & Application’s Impact on Free Expression and Innovation

By |August 12th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , |

IP Justice sent a letter today to ICANN expressing concern about an application for the .Music new Generic Top-Level Domain (GTLD) and its impact on freedom of expression, innovation, and competition on the Internet. Read IP Justice's letter here. (.PDF) Re: Opposition to .MUSIC “Community” Application Based on Freedom of [...]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: Internet Infrastructure and IP Censorship by David Post

By |August 1st, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Internet Infrastructure & IP Censorship By David G. Post - August 1, 2015 Full Article as .PDF Many scholars and other observers of developments in Internet governance, law, and policy have commented upon an unusual and important phenomenon that has become more widespread in recent years: using control over access [...]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: ICANN Accountability Deficits Revealed in .AFRICA Panel Ruling

By |July 16th, 2015|Categories: Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , |

ICANN Accountability Deficits Revealed in .AFRICA Panel Ruling By Robin D. Gross - 16 July 2015 Full Article as .PDF “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 [...]

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

By |July 11th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , , , |

ICANN ICANN Email List Archives Comment posted here: http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-cat-renewal-28may15/msg00001.html [comments-cat-renewal-28may15] <<< Chronological Index >>>    <<< Thread Index     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 [...]

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

By |July 1st, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By |June 21st, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|

Posted in ICANN Public Comment Forum: http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-travel-renewal-12may15/msg00012.html [comments-travel-renewal-12may15] <<< Chronological Index >>>    <<< Thread Index >>> 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 [...]

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|Categories: Digital Rights, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , |

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|Categories: Digital Rights, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

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