IGP Workshop: “Who Governs, States or Stakeholders? Cybersecurity and Internet Governance”

On May 11-12, 2017, the IGP's 3rd Annual Workshop  convened at Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy in Atlanta. This year's topic: Who Governs, States or Stakeholders? Cybersecurity and Internet Governance   Cybersecurity problems challenge existing institutions of governance. Global coordination is impeded by national boundaries, and government-industry cooperation is...

Alternate DNS roots and the abominable snowman of sovereignty

[caption id="attachment_3933" align="alignleft" width="215"] Source: http://www.runjackson.org[/caption] Ever since the formation of ICANN (and before), the mere mention of "alternate DNS roots" has inspired apoplectic reactions in certain circles. The idea of running a DNS root that competed with the one managed by IANA was seen as heretical at best, and an...

Not Over ’till the Fat Lady (Congress? Verisign?) sings

The plan for reforming ICANN's accountability mechanisms passed an important hurdle this week at the ICANN meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. All of the chartering organizations of the Cross-Communication Working Group on enhanced accountability (CCWG) have now approved the plan. The ICG approved the IANA stewardship proposal months ago. we are...

CCWG Community Mechanism threatens to upset ICANN balance

The  Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG) has released a second draft for public comment.  While the group has been enormously successful debating and coming to consensus on key areas (e.g., strengthening the Independent Review Process and Reconsideration processes), there continue to be some sticking points where...

Why the Post-Transition IANA should be a nonprofit public benefit corporation

The comment period for the names proposal developed by the Cross-community Working Group (CWG) on IANA stewardship transition will conclude in a few days.  The CWG has resolved the internal-external debate with a middle ground, a Post-Transition IANA (PTI) that is a legally separate affiliate of ICANN that would manage...

The economic case for vertical separation of IANA

As we have detailed elsewhere, in developing an IANA transition proposal the names community working group (CWG) settled into two camps, the internalists and the externalists.  A brief recap: The “externalists” proposed a model which largely reflected the current arrangement between NTIA and ICANN. It proposed replacing the NTIA with...