Thousands of Hungarians revolt against Internet tax

  (Reuters) – Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.   Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which has been widely accused of adopting anti-democratic policies, first …

ICANN is not the Internet, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda

  Multistakeholder Governance at Stake   The official U.S. Internet policy calls for preserving a free and open Internet under a global multistakeholder community encompassing Web registries, website owners, and nonprofit organizations. To that end, the U.S. Department of Commerce is working on an overhaul of the current system of allocating domain names through an …

ITU agrees to open access for Plenipot contributions

Good news! As the ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference gets underway in Busan, Korea, the heads of delegation have met and decided to open up access to some of the documents associated with the meeting. At this time, it is only the documents that are classified as “contributions“—other documents such as meeting agendas, background information, and terms …

China Refutes Fresh US Accusations Of Hacking Into Private Companies

  China has branded as “unfounded” U.S. accusations that hackers backed by the country’s government are launching cyberattacks against American businesses. China and the U.S. have been waging a quiet cyberwar for years, vying for both commercial and military advantage.   A “flash” warning issued by the FBI on Wednesday had described tools and techniques …

Olga Madruga-Forti Resigns from ICANN Board

15 October 2014 Olga Madruga-Forti has announced that she is resigning from the ICANN Board of Directors after serving in that position for two years.   “I have truly enjoyed working with Olga over the years,” said ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker. “We wish her the best in her new pursuits.”   Madruga-Forti’s …