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Internet Governance: France slaps the US, and it’s not about soccer

Unlike some unfounded stereotypes, the French do not surrender. Not only the white flag wasn’t raised during ICANN50 in London, but the French lobby pushing for the cancellation of the dot .Wine and dot .Vin gTLDs openly referred to ICANN as “an unfit venue for Internet governance“, adding that alternatives should be sought. After failing […]

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NetMundial: ICANN gets a full Brazilian in multi-stakeholder remodeling

NetMundial closes its gates today, with a party at the Maracanã, where the famous Brazilian soccer player, Edson Arantes do Nascimento will be signing autographs. The ICANN-sponsored conference on Internet Governance was a complete success; as far as highlighting the true colors of those wishing to push US government control aside. “Brazil is demanding the […]

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Overseeing the overseer: Can ICANN be trusted?

With NetMundial – the global meeting on the future of Internet Governance – kicking off in Brazil today, a question, aimed at ICANN emerges: “Can the overseers be trusted with overseeing the Internet, should the US government hand over control?” Political pressure is building up, according to Peter Roff, former Senior Political Writer for UPI. […]

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ICANN threatening acronyms and other desirable domain names

Canadian Domain investor, George Kirikos, has been following ICANN closely for more than a decade. Often commenting on upcoming changes and proposals requesting public feedback, George Kirikos is able to ‘read between the lines‘ and identify more or less visible issues, and often raises awareness to them. In an exchange that identified an issue with […]

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ICANN: ‘Training wheels off’ in a new global Internet governance advertisement

ICANN has been upping its game with regards to raising awareness about the proposed multistakeholder assumption of Internet governance. President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, stated recently that the Internet is mature enough to let go of its “training wheels” – a clear reference to the anticipated end of stewardship by the US government. A new […]

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Poll: ICANN push for end of US Government involvement – Good or bad?

Two weeks ago, ICANN announced its intention to push for the end of the US government involvement in core Internet functions, with one purpose in mind: to discuss the transition period and the new overseeing body during ICANN49 in Singapore.   By doing so, the ICANN board, led by president and CEO Fadi Chehadé, presumably avoided […]

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