The Register: ICANN led ‘Internet Security Council’ struggling to launch with just 10 nominations, and one contribution

  Plans for a new internet governance body are struggling to get off the ground after blowback from the internet community itself.   The NetMundial Initiative was formally launched three weeks ago as an open source platform that would enable people to collaborate on internet governance issues.   However observers immediately took issue with the …

Pending IANA Transition, US CongressMan Rep. Kelly Introduces Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014

  Summary: The Defending Internet Freedom Act [PDF], put forward by Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA), would see the creation of a board made up of techies and reps from the domain name world, as well as a new consortium to run the critical IANA body.   Bill would protect Internet from foreign government control WASHINGTON …

“Attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail” says ICANN CEO

  ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade  has told Bloomberg yesterday in an interview that government attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail   Read the coverage below Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) — ICANN, the gatekeeper for Web addresses, said government attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail as the …

Godaddy becomes first Domain Registrar to hit 500,000 New gTLD Registrations

  According to ntldstats.com, Godaddy.com has become the first domain name registration to have registered more than 500,000 domain names.   Godaddy has 500,091 new gTLD domain names under registration, 100,000 more than the second closest domain registrar, Network Solution which topped the 400,000 domain mark although around 377K of the 400,000 Network Solutions domain …

Exclusive interview: ICANN GAC Chair Change

  In October 2014, the Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Heather Dryden of Canada, stood down after four years at the helm.  She and incoming ICANN GAC Chair Thomas Schneider of Switzerland discuss the role, the past and the future, and governments’ role within ICANN. Thomas Schneider, incoming ICANN GAC Chair What are you most …

Ip-Watch: ITU Plenipot 14 Outcome Limiting UN Agency Role In Internet Governance Deemed “Success”

  By Monika Ermert for Intellectual Property Watch   US Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda on the eve of the final celebration of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference last week said he was “happy” about the results. Asked what he thought was the most important resolution of the three week conference, he told Intellectual Property …

Brazil leads creation of Internet governance initiative

Summary: The country’s steering committee teams up with ICANN and WEF to create “essential mechanism” that will influence the way the global Internet is run   Six months after hosting governance conference NETMundial, Brazil is leading the creation of a permanent platform to discuss improvements in the way the Internet is managed.The country’s Internet steering …

Defunding ITU? Plenipotentiary: Member States Decrease Financial Contributions

  Anthony Rutkowski, Principal, Netmagic Associates LLC writes an analytical article on CircleID on member states dropping their contributions to the ITU   The ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference wraps up at the end of the week. The more than 2000 people present in Busan Korea from 171 countries — overwhelmingly government bureaucrats — have been …