Will the UN kill the IGF?

The UN Internet Governance Forum was the most important product of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It was supposed to serve as a bridge between the private sector-based Internet governance institutions (such as ICANN, IETF, ISOC, and the RIRs) and the world of national governments and the...

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...

Not Over ’till the Fat Lady (Congress? Verisign?) sings

The plan for reforming ICANN's accountability mechanisms passed an important hurdle this week at the ICANN meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. All of the chartering organizations of the Cross-Communication Working Group on enhanced accountability (CCWG) have now approved the plan. The ICG approved the IANA stewardship proposal months ago. we are...