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...

An autocratic country in global multistakeholder Internet governance

A recently published report supported by the Internet Policy Observatory  about Iran's approach to Internet governance provides insight into how an autocratic government plays a role in Internet policy and operations. And as the report shows, the situation is not all dark and gloomy. Some important points can be concluded...

Cyberspace and the nature of the state

On December 12, 2014 two IGP principals, Hans Klein and Milton Mueller, organized an invitation-only workshop on the topic of Sovereignty, National Security and Internet Governance in New York City. The initial inspiration for the workshop came from Dr. Mueller’s engagement with the work of Philip Bobbitt. Bobbitt’s book The...

Europe in Two Internet Related Battlefields

[Editors note:  Please welcome Farzaneh Badii, from Hamburg University's Graduate School in Law and Economics, who joins Syracuse University's iSchool and the IGP as a Visiting Doctoral Student for the next six months.] “Lord, deliver us from all evil and from French state justice.”[1] This was the French farmers’ prayer once...

U.S. Congress Man-in-the-Middle Attack on IANA transition

Late Thursday the House of Representatives passed a consolidated appropriations bill to fund the majority of government through fiscal year 2015. Contradicting their ‘Internet freedom’ rhetoric, Republicans attached a rider to the gigantic ($1.014 trillion) federal funding bill that defunded any attempt by the NTIA to set the domain name...

What do the Wall Street Journal and the ITU have in common?

It’s Hallowe’en and, appropriately enough, there are scary things going on in Internet governance land. Let’s begin with the western world’s favorite Internet bogeyman, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU is holding its quadrennial Plenipotentiary in Busan, South Korea. Booo! It is now impossible for the ITU to have...

Internet nation?

The following is the speech delivered by IGP's Milton Mueller at the closing ceremony of the 9th Annual Internet Governance Forum I thank our host country and the IGF Secretariat for the excellent facilities and well-organized event. I also want to shout out to the Turkish alternative informatics activists for...