Mueller on ICANN, WSIS, and the Making of Global Civil Society

Says Milton Mueller: You say, “act now, democratize later” and it sounds bad. But let me respond by asking: if you don’t act, how can you ever democratize? And are you saying that no one should act until and unless they are sure that their agenda …

Says Milton Mueller: You say, “act now, democratize later” and it sounds bad. But let me respond by asking: if you don’t act, how can you ever democratize? And are you saying that no one should act until and unless they are sure that their agenda and their organizations are perfectly representative? Seems like a recipe for paralysis.

ICC: A proposal for internet governance.

From the International Chamber of Commerce web site comes a proposal for internet governance, by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh: 1. Maintain the operational management of the internet under private sector leadership, driven by the dynamics of business. 2. Sup…

From the International Chamber of Commerce web site comes a proposal for internet governance, by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh:

1. Maintain the operational management of the internet under private sector leadership, driven by the dynamics of business.2. Support ICANN’s continued evolution, preserving private sector leadership while bolstering global legitimacy.3. Set up within the TF a Governance Commission to be chaired by the US permanently, with membership from ITU, WIPO, WEF, ICC, UNCTAD, in addition to one representative from each continent.4. Encourage the processes of International Domain Names implementation and Intellectual Property Rights protection.

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WLAN at WSIS

Wireless Internet access comes with a price tag — if you want to use it at WSIS, where delegates discuss the digital divide. Compare that to ICANN meetings where free Wi-Fi is one of the standard deliverables for local organizers.

Wireless Internet access comes with a price tag — if you want to use it at WSIS, where delegates discuss the digital divide. Compare that to ICANN meetings where free Wi-Fi is one of the standard deliverables for local organizers.

Being responsive to governments’ needs?

Bret Fausett quotes David McGuire, and observes that, since the GAC is mostly operating in closed shop mode, it’s hard to assess the GAC’s effectivity. I wonder, though, if the criticism out there is really about the GAC’s effectivity, or about IC…

Bret Fausett quotes David McGuire, and observes that, since the GAC is mostly operating in closed shop mode, it’s hard to assess the GAC’s effectivity.I wonder, though, if the criticism out there is really about the GAC’s effectivity, or about ICANN’s fundamental design; if the criticism is about ICANN’s willingness, or if it is about ICANN’s abilities and about its usefulness as a tool for governments to regulate on the Internet.Christopher Wilkinson’s recent remarks hint towards the second interpretation, as does the ongoing work of looking at the WIPO2 recommendations (General Counsel’s briefing here), and their possible implementation: The GAC had recommended that ICANN implement WIPO’s recommendations to extend the UDRP to give special protection to the names and acronyms of intergovernmental organizations, and country names; it was also suggested that review of such UDRP decisions in national courts be replaced by de novo arbitration. Opposition against making these changes is essentially universal throughout the non-GAC part of the ICANN community. What the GAC is asking for, and what ICANN supposedly would have to do in order to be responsive to governments’ needs, is to somehow enact a substantial change to an established consensus policy against the community’s consensus, and without any review of the question whether the recommendations should be implemented at all.It’s not clear to me how this should be possible; indeed, if ICANN was able to implement this advice in the way the GAC suggests, that would be deeply troubling by itself.

WSIS: Agreement on Internet Governance.

Veni Markovski reports that there is now agreement on Internet Governance at WSIS. In short, the Secretary General of the UN is asked to convene a working group that has to report back in 2005.

Veni Markovski reports that there is now agreement on Internet Governance at WSIS. In short, the Secretary General of the UN is asked to convene a working group that has to report back in 2005.

Cultural Commons in the Wild: Books Outdoor.

A recent project by a local foundation has installed a simple, yet amazing form of cultural commons in Bonn: A public bookshelf, in a public place. Anyone is free to take any book from the shelf; the organizers ask that books either be returned wh…

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A recent project by a local foundation has installed a simple, yet amazing form of cultural commons in Bonn: A public bookshelf, in a public place. Anyone is free to take any book from the shelf; the organizers ask that books either be returned when read, or replaced by a different book.It will be interesting to observe whether this project succeeds in creating a place for freely exchanging books (and, also, ideas), or whether it becomes a victim of either vandalism or egoism.

GNSO on New Registry Services: Terms of Reference posted.

GNSO chair Bruce Tonkin has posted updated terms of reference for the GNSO’s policy-development on a Procedure for use by ICANN in considering requests for consent and related contractual amendments to allow changes in the architecture or operatio…

GNSO chair Bruce Tonkin has posted updated terms of reference for the GNSO’s policy-development on a Procedure for use by ICANN in considering requests for consent and related contractual amendments to allow changes in the architecture or operation of a gTLD registry.Explicitly out of scope: Additional obligations on registry operators or gTLD sponsors beyond what is already specified in their existing agreements.Later: Susan Crawford is concerned and confused about this process, and asks about the relation between this process and consensus policy. How is “none” as an answer?

Movie industry to customers: Ash Nazg.

Germany’s movie industry has started an awareness campaign about our localized version of the DMCA; the message is that movie “pirates” are criminals. The campaign’s strategy is to insinuate that casual, non-commercial users of file sharing networ…

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Germany’s movie industry has started an awareness campaign about our localized version of the DMCA; the message is that movie “pirates” are criminals. The campaign’s strategy is to insinuate that casual, non-commercial users of file sharing networks may face the maximum penalties available for commercial movie pirates.Out of the three main motives of the campaign, one is tellingly similar to the EFF’s Let the Music Play campaign (and, ultimately, backfires); one is obscene, alluding to music pirates possibly being raped by fellow prison inmates (and, ultimately, backfires); and one puts the Lord of the Rings into a wholly new perspective (and, ultimately, backfires too).One Ring Law to rule them all, One Ring Law to find them,One Ring Law to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

GNSO begins “new registry services” PDP

On its telephone conference tonight, the GNSO council has decided to launch the policy-development process on designing the parameters for a process to be used by ICANN when approving certain requests for changes to registries (adopted with two re…

On its telephone conference tonight, the GNSO council has decided to launch the policy-development process on designing the parameters for a process to be used by ICANN when approving certain requests for changes to registries (adopted with two registry representatives voting no and one abstaining; on the council); the council will deal with this issue as a “committee of the whole” (adopted with one registry representative abstaining). The council will use the terms of reference drafted by Bruce Tonkin, as amended on the call. The amendmends made on the call also included a rephrasing of the issue statement itself. The general sense continues to be that the procedure to be designed is to be applied in those situations in which ICANN has to give agreement to some change under the current contracts. This process is not about changing the scope of the obligations that are contained in the current contracts.A procedural motion by the registries to defer the ultimate vote by two weeks, so the terms of reference could be refined to be acceptable to them, was rejected by the rest of the council.

FAQ on new registry services PDP

ICANN staff has just sent an FAQ on the new registry services PDP to the GNSO Council. The document will be posted to the ICANN web site later today. At its conference call tonight, the council is going to discuss what its next steps in this proce…

ICANN staff has just sent an FAQ on the new registry services PDP to the GNSO Council. The document will be posted to the ICANN web site later today.At its conference call tonight, the council is going to discuss what its next steps in this process will be. Draft terms of reference here.

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