IGP Paper to be presented at ITU Workshop on IPv6

Milton Mueller will present (via webcast) the paper "Scarcity in IP addresses: IPv4 Address Transfer Markets and the Regional Internet Address Registries" at an upcoming ITU Workshop on IPv6. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 14:15 UTC (10:15 EST) during Session 3: "Economic dimension of IPv6...

Survey shows support for IPv4 address transfers

As we run out of IPv4 addresses, should the Regional Internet Registries allow address blocks to be traded? In a paper released last month, we argued that a liberalized transfer policy would serve a number of important purposes. Transfer policy proposals are quite controversial, however. In an attempt to gauge levels of support, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has taken a survey of its public policy mailing list. About 200 people responded. Overall, the survey found that 87% of the respondents supported a liberalized transfer policy of some kind. It is a level of support much larger than one would have anticipated from the debates on the lists, which seem to have been dominated by vocal opponents.

The FCC Comcast decision and Net Neutrality

Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission released the text of its Order sanctioning Comcast, a U.S. provider of broadband Internet access over cable lines, for selectively targeting and interfering with connections of peer-to-peer (P2P) applications. The Commission concluded “Although Comcast asserts that its conduct is necessary to ease network congestion, we conclude that the company’s discriminatory and arbitrary practice unduly squelches the dynamic benefits of an open and accessible Internet and does not constitute reasonable network management.”

Internet governance highlighted at 36th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC)

Several papers on Internet governance will be presented during the 36th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC), which will be held September 26 - September 28, 2008 at The National Center for Technology & Law, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA. IGP's Milton Mueller will...

IGP at IGF Open Consultation

IGP's Milton Mueller, Jeanette Hoffman and Brenden Kuerbis will be attending the Internet Governance Forum open consultations that will take place on 16 September, in room XIX in the Palais des Nations. These consultations will be followed by a meeting of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) on 17-18 September. View...

Job Posting: Program Officers (2), Global Internet Freedom Program, Freedom House – Washington, DC

Freedom House is an independent non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom through its analysis, advocacy, and action. Freedom House seeks a Program Officer for its Global Internet Freedom program. The Program officer will work with the Senior...

The US Government Tugs the Reins on ICANN, Again

About ten days ago the US Commerce Department sent ICANN a letter slapping it upside the head for suggesting in its President's Strategy Committee report that the US might actually keep its 1998 promise to turn over root zone file to ICANN/IANA. On August 1, Commerce sent ICANN another letter, warning ICANN that it had better continue to allow unrestricted public access to personal information in the Whois database. Specifically, it made its opposition known to ICANN's proposed legalization of services that offer domain name registrants some shield against the indiscriminate display of their personal data to anyone in the world who wants it. This letter, too, was part of a public comment period on proposed changes in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement. These letter speak to a shift in relations between the USG and ICANN, one that is in some ways encouraging, but also potentially very dangerous as well.