Amazon win sets good precedent

In a victory for fairness and rule-based Internet governance, an independent review panel (IRP) has decided that ICANN was wrong to deny retailing giant Amazon, Inc. the top level domain AMAZON. Key elements of the decision were unanimous, particularly the conclusion that the Board “cannot accept GAC consensus advice as...

How ICANN is manipulating its GDPR discussions

As this blog post shows, ICANN's management is now thinking about how to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). They'd better be. Everyone knows ICANN’s Whois policies, which require registries and registrars to provide indiscriminate public access to personal data about domain name registrants, violate European privacy laws. In...

A Global Cyber-Attribution Organization – Thinking it through

Initiatives to globalize cybersecurity governance took a step forward this weekend with the release of a RAND Corporation study of an international attribution organization. The Microsoft Corporation’s idea for a global attribution agency modeled on the International Atomic Energy Agency was the catalyst for this report; the research was funded...

VIDEO OF THE MONTH

Will the Internet fragment? Professor Mueller gave a talk about his book "Will the Internet Fragment?" at Clemson University (his talk starts around 4:30). He says the network effects of global compatibility are powerful enough to defeat a technical fracturing of the web. The real threat comes from governments' attempts to align...

Legalizing Hackbacks?

The idea of cyber self defense - or as some call it, “hack back” - is back into cybersecurity discussions with a proposed Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act by Congressman Tom Graves. Graves, a Republican from Georgia's 14th District, joined with Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema at a panel discussion arranged by...

VIDEO OF THE MONTH

In this video,  Schneier frames the IoT as: “a global decentralized robot called the Internet.” In our view, this robot is run mainly by Internet governance.  Internet security and governance issues will be the same in the Internet of things, but the governance and security issues will have much higher, physical...