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...

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...

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...

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...