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...

Is the West giving up on freedom of speech? Terror, Hate and the EU Internet Forum

The European Commission recently concluded its “EU Internet Forum,” a code of conduct for regulating speech on the internet. The code was negotiated among law enforcement agencies and the major global social media providers. The Code of Conduct targets terrorist recruiting and so-called ‘hate speech.’ It encouraged the platform providers...

Political Space and Cyberspace

Is the Internet fragmenting? Is there an inherent contradiction between jurisdiction and the Internet? Is "data sovereignty" desirable, or even technically possible? On May 19 and 20 the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy will host a workshop on Political Space and Cyberspace to explore these questions. This invitation-only workshop...

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...

The Wuzhen Compradors

The World Internet Conference (WIC) is China's attempt to assert itself as a leader in global Internet governance. Held in the lovely, historically preserved town of Wuzhen, there have now been two annual events; the latest just concluded December 18. The conference could be seen as just another Chinese business networking...

GAC as “first among equals:” the danger in the accountability plan

How will ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) handle the dilemma it has been put into by the community empowerment mechanism? The dilemma I am referring to is this: does the GAC want to participate in the community empowerment mechanism as an organization, with voting seats, or does it want to...