Déjà vu Dakar Masquerade — An “Africa Agenda 2.0” in Marrakech?

  ICANN Africa strategy has been ICANN’s biggest foray into Africa, laden with many goodies and plans that were mean to create more awareness about ICANN in Africa.   In August 2012,  this very strategy was announced by ICANN and after holding a meeting, involving Steve Crocker, Chairman of ICANN’s Board of Directors, ICANN’s CEO-Designate …

ICANN transmits Transition Plan to US Government

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker today submitted to the U.S. Government a plan developed by the international Internet community that, if approved, will lead to global stewardship of some key technical Internet functions. The news was confirmed at a press conference finalizing the ICANN 55 meetings …

Sen. Ted Cruz says ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade is Misleading the US Senate on World Internet Conference in Wuzhen

  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has released a statement today regarding a letter that Cruz, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) received from Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Friday. Chehade’s letter was in reply to one that Cruz, Lankford, and Lee sent …

US Senators criticize ICANN CEO for participating/co-chairing the Wuzhen China Summit

US Senator Ted Cruz and Republican presidential frontrunner has sent a pointed letter to to the ICANN CEO acing him of being complicit in Chinese online censorship.   The letter [PDF] co-signed by Cruz and two other senators demanded that Chehade explain his decision to co-chair a Chinese internet governance initiative listing 9 questions to …

Congress still blocking US from releasing control of the internet

Late Tuesday night, after the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Republican leaders in Congress released a $1.15 trillion budget proposal. It’s a massive bill with several huge points of contention, including tax breaks and military spending, but nestled within its 2,009 pages is a small provision that could frustrate attempts to loosen the country’s …

DCA Trust Slams AUC Commissioner of Infrastructure’s interference letter to ICANN Geographic Panel

The CEO of DCA Trust has written a cautionary letter to the ICANN following an unsolicited letter by the Africa Union Commissioner of Infrastructure, Elham Ibrahim to the independent geographic names evaluation panel on 29th August 2015 following the July 2015 ruling where DCA Trust successfully fought and won against ICANN for the .africa handling. …

NOT QUITE YET: ICANN Volunteers to slave on, USG delays IANA Transition

  In March 2014, the US government announced its plan to move away from oversight and completely privatize ICANN’s functions, however it appears as though the ICANN volunteers will have to slave on more and perfect the proposal that has been presented, this is after the US Government Commerce Department said on Monday that the …