CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs Statement | Istanbul, 25 March 2015

  Thomas Rickert, León Sánchez, Mathieu Weill   Members and participants of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) met in Istanbul, Turkey, on 23-24 March 2015.   The meeting was attended in-person by 42 members and participants. A number of participants and observers joined the meeting remotely using the virtual meeting …

UNESCO CONNECTing the Dots conference adopts an outcome document

  The UNESCO facilitated and international multistakeholder conference under the theme CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues.   The objective of the conference was to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues as part of UNESCO’s response in …

Donuts challenges ICANN’s .Doctor decision

  Stethoscope may be required to register a .Doctor domain name.   Donuts has filed a reconsideration request after ICANN decided to slam the door on who can register a domain name under the .doctor top level domain name.   Last month, ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee determined that .Doctor should be a namespace restricted …

Draft policy to censor internet in South Africa called out as ‘unconstitutional’

The Right2Know Campaign has issued a statement in response to the South African Film & Publication Board’s (FPB) recent draft policy proposing to regulate online content in the country, rejecting the plan as “unnecessary censorship” and “unconstitutional”.   The policy claims that regulation of online content is the prerogative of the FPB, as a purported …

MPAA, RIAA urge more action by ICANN on copyright infringement

In their continued fight against copyright infringement, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are now turning their attention to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).   Last month, MPAA sent a letter to ICANN in which they urged the organization to take strong …

Russia Disputed Against Removal of Crimean Domains in ICANN

Singapore, February 11, 2015. — Julia Elanskaya, Deputy Director of Department on International Collaboration of Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, made an official statement on 52nd meeting of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), opened at the beginning of the week in Singapore. She paid attention to recent decision of American registrar, …