The Year in Review: Transition in Internet Governance

2016 was an eventful year in Internet governance. This year-end overview reveals a year of transition, both for the field and for IGP as an organization. ICANN and the historic IANA transition In 2016, IGP’s role as intellectual and practical leaders within the ICANN regime culminated in the IANA transition...

A Second Look at the Wuzhen Summit

Our initial, entirely negative take on the 3rd Wuzhen summit has been upended by a remarkable article by Professor Peixi Xu of the Chinese Communication University in Beijing. The article draws a parallel between the post-transition ICANN and the 3rd Wuzhen Summit. Referring to the ICANN Hyderabad meeting and the...

Wuzhen promotes the Chinese Internet way (with a little help from its friends)

China’s third annual World Internet Conference (WIC) ended on November 18, 2016. About 1,600 people attended the event, which is sometimes translated into English as the World Forum on Internet Governance. This second name makes clearer its attempt to become the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) answer to the multi-stakeholder UN...

Discourse is not information war; public media are not cyber weapons

The DNC hack has led to some inflamed rhetoric by the American foreign policy establishment and mainstream journalists. Cold War-type accusations about the malign influence of the Russians have been revived, as Russia is accused of “manipulating” US elections. There are constant references to information warfare between the U.S. and...

Missing the Target: The Human Rights Push in ICANN goes off the rails

As part of the ICANN accountability reforms, civil society activists pushed to gain a commitment from the corporation to respect fundamental human rights. This appeared to be a promising part of the ICANN reforms. IGP has always recognized that ICANN’s regulations on domain name users and registries can affect freedom...

The self-governing Internet

Celebrating the IANA transition and ICANN reforms Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Clary Theater, 1st floor, Student Success Center, Georgia Institute of Technology Campus [Updated Oct 31 with event summary, video and other news coverage.] On October 26, the School of Public Policy’s Internet Governance Project...

It’s over! (#yestoIANA)

Late Wednesday September 28 the U.S. Congress passed a short-term funding bill to avert another government shutdown. The bill did not include any restrictions, prohibitions or riders related to the ICANN transition. As an organization that has been consistently advocating the end of unilateral U.S. government control for more than a...