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ICANN and GMO: Multi-steak holder model is the only viable solution

ICANN49 closed its gates in Singapore today (yesterday local time) and it should be considered a big success for the supporters of the GMO-free, multi-steak holder models. “The food was excellent, especially the locally raised beef and bamboo sprouts,” said Lars Kronikler, a conference participant from The Netherlands. “Washed down with some aged dot .wine, […]

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Americans for Limited Government on ICANN: Cannot surrender the First Amendment!

An article by Robert Romano, senior editor of Americans for Limited Government points out the dangers of transferring control of key Internet functions from the US government, to a yet unspecified international body. Romano indicates that the US government is bound to the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of speech: “All ICANN is, is […]

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Shape of things to come? Sudan blocks negative websites, monitors Internet cafes

As ICANN49 closes in Singapore, the vision of a free, open and government-detached Internet appears to be a mirage. The US government has long maintained its stewardship of ICANN and key Internet functions are in place, to ensure that freedom of speech and communications are the norm, versus the exception. In a new development, that […]

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ICANN: Getting ready for ‘Public Discussion’ of transition away from US government control

With the ICANN49 conference in Singapore ending today, ICANN has prepared a checklist that lays the groundwork for the IANA transition – the move away from US government control. The multistakeholder-designed process for the community, was presented at ICANN49 and its purpose has been to address how the mechanism of the transition should occur. The […]

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ICANN49 & IANA transition in Singapore: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

ICANN49 continues for the 4th day today in Singapore, and the question remains: Who should oversee the Internet? A new article on Bloomberg.com raises several valid points about the timing and method of the expected transition away from US government control: “The NTIA has done an exemplary job protecting the Internet’s openness and stability with […]

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WP Archive: ‘Obama administration joins critics of U.S. nonprofit group that oversees Internet’

A Washington Post article from exactly three years ago, titled “Obama administration joins critics of U.S. nonprofit group that oversees Internet” delivers some important insight about the US government’s concerns related to the ICANN’s pressure to surrender oversight of key Internet functions. “The California nonprofit organization that operates the Internet’s levers has always been a […]

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From G8 to ICANN49: Russia joins Singapore conference

After a much anticipated exit from the G8 over the Crimea crisis, Russia is joining forces with the ICANN pro-globalization committee. Andrei Globilenko, Russian representative for the Kremlin Bureau of Intercultural Propaganda (KBIP), took the podium at ICANN49 in Singapore. “Ladies and gentleman, let me thank you, and assure you that profil we aim to […]

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Secure Domain Foundation: Formation of new non-profit organization against cyber criminals

A new press release announces the formation of the Secure Domain Foundation at ICANN 49 in Singapore. Operating from SecureDomain.org, the foundation represents the following modus operandi: “The Secure Domain Foundation (SDF) is a Canadian incorporated not-for-profit organization dedicated to the vision of an open and secure Internet. We are a public benefit community driven organization. […]

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Bill Clinton: Internet freedom will suffer if the US gives up Internet oversight

Former US president, Bill Clinton, expressed his grave concerns over a plan promoted by ICANN to strip the US of its Internet oversight. Bill Clinton spoke at the Arizona State University, alongside Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales; they both doubted the benefits of such a change. Not holding back his words, Clinton stated that a global […]

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Twitter blocked in Turkey after corruption allegations against the Prime Minister

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the “eradication” of Twitter, issuing a court order that blocks it in Turkey. Following allegations of corruption and leaked conversations with his son about unlawful activities that needed to be covered, the Turkish PM stated: “We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will […]

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