IGF 2015: Running in place

The Internet Governance Forum, held this year in the Brazilian beach resort town of João Pessoa, completed its 10th annual meeting Friday November 13. The IGF Secretariat claims that nearly 5,000 people attended. Moreover, it looks as if its existence will be continued for another 10 years when the UN...

IGP Moves!

You may have noticed the hiatus in our coverage in July and early August. The reason? IGP has moved. After more than a decade at Syracuse University, the Internet Governance Project is now part of the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The move comes as...

If the hat fits, wear it

In a good-natured response to a blog post accusing him of digital Bonapartism, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadi sent me a Christmas present, pictured above. We are forced to admit that with the proper attire, Bonapartism can be fun! But we still don't recommend it as a mode of Internet governance.

CFP: Seventh GigaNet Annual Symposium

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is seeking submissions of research to be presented at its Seventh Annual Symposium to be held on 5 November 2012, one day before the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan. Since 2006, GigaNet has organized an Annual Symposium to showcase...

We are all Internet exceptionalists now

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its defeat call attention to a delicious irony in public discourse on Internet governance. Even those who don’t want the Internet to be an exception from traditional forms of regulation and law are forced to admit that something new and exceptional must be done to bring it under control. Reinforcing the irony, these attempts by the anti-exceptionalists to subordinate the Internet to established institutions immediately locks them into conflict with a highly mobilized, highly transnational community of Internet users and service providers who vow to resist those controls. The resistance comes precisely because the mobilized community believes that the controls threaten to fundamentally alter its status as an open, innovative and – dare we say it – exceptional space. In other words, we are all Internet exceptionalists now.

Anything interesting about Internet governance in Wikileaks?

Not much. There are some interesting things about copyright. The leaked cables are from the foreign policy branches rather than the Commerce Department, so most of the juicy ICANN-related stuff is not in there. Searching for “ICANN” produces 39 documents, all but two of them unclassified. Some of the most interesting date back to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the debate it sparked over US control of the root.

ARIN and Vixie get nervous about competition

Alternative address trading platforms are gaining traction. The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are worried. Paul Vixie, the Chair of ARIN's Board, has written an article in ACM Queue attacking “those who would unilaterally supplant or redraw the existing Internet resource governance or allocation systems.” The publication of this article is a sign of a growing policy debate around the reform of IP address registries in the age of IPv4 exhaustion. Unfortunately, Vixie's arguments show that he is disconnected from the economic and institutional realities of the IPv4 address regime.

Call For Papers: GigaNet Sixth Annual Symposium

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), in co-operation with the Research ICT Africa (RIA), is seeking submissions of research about Internet Governance to be presented at the Sixth GigaNet Annual Symposium, held on 26 September 2011, one day before the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Global Internet Governance: Research and Public Policy Challenges for the Next Decade

The Internet’s status as a communication medium that is decentralized, scalable and global continues to pose challenging new problems in governance and regulation. GigaNet, an international scholarly community created in 2006, holds a two-day conference to explore issues such as IP address scarcity, ICANN accountability, the role of social media in toppling dictatorships, censorship, privacy online, and the tensions between national security and Internet freedom. Assistant Secretary for Commerce Larry Strickling (NTIA) will provide the keynote speech during lunch on Thursday, May 5.

Date: May 5-6, 2011

Location: American University School of International Service, Abramson Family Founders Room, Terrace Level (Washington, DC)

View the program and register for the event