India now gets unique ID .bharat in cyberspace

  New Delhi: The government on Wednesday  launched the .bharat domain name in devanagari script covering eight languages including Hindi, Konkani and Marathi. With the launch, individuals of companies who are interested in owning a website with domain name in Hindi language would be able to book the name in Hindi script. The name would …

The 9th Internet Governance Forum to be held in Istanbul, Turkey

The 2014 and 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from 2 to 5 September 2014.. The overarching theme of the Istanbul meeting is: Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance.   This year’s meeting will build on previous IGFs and further the dialogue on Internet governance and emerging Internet …

UN Grabs for the Internet: CFR, Chatham House Lead Toward “Global Governance”

  In a recent essay entitled, “The Strategic Significance of the Internet Commons,” former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff describes cyberspace and the Internet as a “global commons” that must come under “global governance.” This is the latest salvo in an ongoing campaign by a disparate congeries of internationalists, socialists, communists, and jihadists to …

Panel interprets Declarations as binding on the .Africa IRP, Lectures ICANN on core accountability implications

  The IRP Panel has made yet the boldest statement that is set to shake ICANN’s legal team. These statements have been made explicitly in the latest IRP Procedural ruling that states   Based on the foregoing and the language and content of the IRP Procedure, the Panel concludes that this Declaration and its future …

India’s Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to unveil dot Bharat domain name

  Minister of Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be unveiling the dot Bharat domain name on August 21 in New Delhi to facilitate multi-lingual Internet access, NIXI chief executive Dr Govind told ET.   The autonomous body National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) …

Internet ‘global stakeholders’ handover sparks controversy

  NOBODY owns the entire Internet, but forthcoming changes will have worldwide impact on its use for everything from commerce to political speech, writes Dr James Jay Carafano.   The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit private American company, currently manages core functions including assigning and managing domain names and IP …

ICANN GAC receives reprimand for its new unnecessary advice on .africa that is in Independent Review Process

  The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has been heavily criticized on its latest new gTLD advice to DotConnectAfrica’s application. During the recently concluded ICANN 50 international meeting, the  GAC provided new advice through London Communiqué asking the following:   The ICANN Board to provide timely communication to the affected parties, in particular to provide clarity …

Obama Contradicts FCC Chief on Fast Lanes, Net Neutrality Backers Say

  The Internet must remain open and accessible to all so that the “next Google and the next Facebook” have the opportunity to succeed, President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday, in his strongest comments on net neutrality since the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to craft new Open Internet rules. “One of the issues around Net Neutrality is …

“right to be forgotten” demands on Google to affect Wikipedia links

Request for blocking of search results granted to anonymous applicant is first to affect an entry in the online encyclopaedia.   Google is set to restrict search terms to a link to a Wikipedia article, in the first request under Europe‘s controversial new “right to be forgotten” legislation to affect the 110m-page encyclopaedia.   The …