A Fight Over Crumbs: The AFRINIC crisis

AFRINIC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa: a nonprofit, nongovernmental Internet governance organization. Like RIPE, ARIN, APNIC and LACNIC, it operates a registry for unique internet protocol (IP) numbers that serve as network addresses. The registry records which organizations hold rights to which IP address blocks on that...

The Narrative: Crisis at Afrinic; Apple breaks privacy; GIFCT participation

Crisis at AFRINIC The African Network Information Centre (Afrinic), the African regional Internet registry (RIR) for IP addresses, has had its bank accounts frozen by court order, crippling its operations. The Supreme Court of Mauritius ordered the RIR’s $50 million account frozen as a result of its contractual dispute with...

Updated Internet Regulations?

Facebook has unleashed a new PR barrage expressing its support for “updated Internet regulations.” As we pointed out two years ago, when a dominant media incumbent embraces government regulation, supporters of open markets and free expression need to watch out. But the problem with these ads is not just that...

The Narrative – February 14, 2021

Facebook’s Oversight Board is sparking discussion about global governance institutions for online content. Privacy, competition policy and cybersecurity are all implicated in the battle over enclosing platforms’ data. And an insurance company is demonstrating how cybersecurity information sharing really happens. Facebook Oversight Board sparks governance debate The Oversight Board, set...

Now it’s Europe’s turn to try to circumvent ICANN DNS policies

Many large American businesses – notably, Facebook and the intellectual property interests – are strongly interested in retaining free and unrestricted access to domain name registrants’ personal information (known as Whois data). As it became clear that ICANN’s multistakeholder process would restrict that access to comply with Europe's privacy regulation,...

IGF 2020: A conversation with Anriette Esterhuysen

As the internet governance community gears up for the 15th Annual Meeting of the United Nations Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), we caught up with the current Chair of the Forum's Multistakeholder Advisory Group, Anriette Esterhuysen. In this conversation, Anriette reflects on the evolution of the IGF, discusses processes underway...

Event: Do we need a new generation of internet standards?

“New IP” and global Internet governance: September 23, 15:00 UTC (11:00 US EDT; 17:00 CET) Moderator: Dr. Milton Mueller, Georgia Institute of Technology, Internet Governance Project Discussants: Dr. Richard Li, Futurewei Technologies, Inc. USA Olaf Kolkman, Principal - Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy at the Internet Society. The Internet protocols...

ICANN, Whois and Global Data Governance

Although few people are aware of it, ICANN and the domain name system are on the front lines of the transnational data governance issues raised by the clash between European privacy law and American (and eventually Chinese and Indian) information industries. Prompted by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ICANN...