Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, will open the conference, followed by an introduction by Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, host of the GCCS. The conference will start with a strategic discussion among representatives of all stakeholders on the most important current developments in cyberspace. A panel consisting of high-level government officials and private sector and civil society leaders will sketch the main opportunities, dilemmas and challenges facing the further evolution of the internet. All main issues of the conference will be touched upon: internet governance and multistakeholder cooperation, freedom and privacy online, the digital divide, the internet as enabler for social and economic development, cyber security and cybercrime. The panel will address questions such as:
How should we balance freedom, security and economic development and innovation in cyberspace? How do we guarantee an open, free and secure internet? What are the responsibilities of the various stakeholders in cyberspace, e.g.: what role should governments vis a vis the private sector play in protecting privacy online? How can we improve cooperation between governments, private sector and civil society in cyber-related matters? How can we maintain and improve trust by consumers in the internet? How can we stimulate research and development, and interdisciplinary academic cooperation in order to strengthen cyberspace? The panel will be followed by ministerial statements.
Mireille Ballestrazzi, President of Interpol Vint Cerf, Vice-President of Google Nnenna Nwakanma, World Wide Web Foundation Fadi Chehadé, CEO ICANN Yurie Ito, Director of Global Coordination Division for the JPCERT/CC
Last week was full of announcements. Martha Lane Fox's announcement of www.doteveryone.org.uk petition as part of her Richard Dimbleby's lecture to make the UK the leader in the digital world... (did she hear of icann new gtld strings :-)
As Saga TV blog points out, percentage wise, out there is more women in the House of Lords than running the Internet or to be precise in the tech industry.
The NMI CC met and decided on new ToR - available for comments. Tweets are here. It released it on April 1st.
Nobody thought this is an April Fools ToR.
Joke aside, there is an interesting proposal on Deliberative Poll is here. 700K USD from Stanford. Still So 90s. Remember when AJM got his Phd in DP.
While the IGF timeline is here Russian IGF next Tuesday with a panel:
- What are the promises of data localization from the personal, community and business perspectives? What are the potential drawbacks?
- What are implications for innovation, user choice and the availability of online services in the global economy?
- What impact might they have on a global, interoperable and resilient Internet?
- What impact (if any) might these proposals have on user trust and expectations of privacy?
- Which alternative measures could be introduced to increase Internet resiliency in a domestic context?
(Well the Estonian new cybersecurity approach is an interesting subject to discuss the above.)
I've been reading CIGI papers and before that meeting in NYC in May there is a CCGC meeting in the Hague:
Fadi Chehadé, CEO of ICANN announced today major changes in the internationalization of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers, as well as changes in other ICANN plans and activities. These changes will take effect immediately.
"To promote greater international equity in ICANN proceedings, we have decided to phase out English as our lingua franca," Chehadé announced. From now on, material written diplomatically will be distributed in French, the historical language of diplomacy. All other formal communications will use Arabic. In this way, top management at ICANN will be able to follow activities of the ICANN community clearly and effectively.
In addition, ICANN will rotate IANA approval e-mails in random order through the entire ISO country code list, rather than just US/NTIA. Each half month, a different country's appropriate governmental body will handle approval e-mails. Uruguay is first in line, handling approvals for 1-15 April, followed by Kazakhstan. An anonymous spokesperson for IANA admitted that "timing of TLD requests may affect your results."
In the interests of continuity and stability of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé announced that at the end of his term, his son will take over as President and CEO of ICANN. In preparation, Chehadé intends to make every effort to solidify I* (pronounced "I czar") dominance for his reign. Chehadé notes that the conflict is likely to be waged using their preferred weapon, 'poison press releases.'
ICANN's Los Angeles Headquarters will shortly be moved to the Queen Elizabeth II, which was recently purchased using ICANN auction proceeds, and which will provide a movable extraterritorial base for stable and secure future operations. The tradition of regional meetings will be retained as the QE2 sails between countries and continents.
In line with its new extraterritorial status, ICANN will apply for UN membership, and has just designated John Jeffrey to be its first ambassador to that body. Jeffrey, a U.S. citizen whose native language is Privileged and Confidential Californian, said that he planned to promote it as an additional UN official language. Further, as part of its plan to transition itself to country status, ICANN has taken by eminent domain the two-letter domain ".IC" The ISO and the government of the Canary Islands have been notified of this change. ICANN expects also to apply for membership in the GAC and to take an active part in its proceedings.
After almost 15 years of effort, ICANN committees studying the evolution of WHOIS have found a solution to the thorny issues plaguing their progress. "We have decided rather to create a WHOISN'T service for people who were never born," explained one member of a committee who requested anonymity, "We don't know who those people are because they never were, so we couldn't care less about what happens to their data."
In a long overdue evolution of ICANN's tradition of open discussion, the public forum will undergo substantial revision. At future public forums, the community will sit on stage, and the Board and staff will line up behind microphones and tell them what to do.
ICANN congratulates the CWG for making such rapid progress. In the tradition of digital archery, the CWG has adopted the principle of planetary archery, and has recommended that IANA reviews be scheduled for each total solar eclipse, with the review committee consisting of representatives from each country observing at least 80% of totality. In appreciation of its service to the community, the CWG will be honored at its forthcoming 100th meeting by being awarded the coveted Sisyphus Perseverance Award, named after the Greek God Sisyphus, who really got the ball rolling.
Until the ship sails, ICANN is still located at 12025 Waterfront Drive in Los Angeles, California, USA.
ICANN At-large is supposed to represent voice of Internet users and act on their behalf when it comes to ICANN's public policy developement, mainly with regards to the DNS and generic Top-Level-Domains - so: a very narrow mandate. The representation of users through local and regional ALSs (at-large structures) is cumbersome to say at least (thanks to Esther Dyson, Denise Mitchell and others at the time). Together with Bill Drake and Jeannette Hoffman I were first individual board members of EU-RALO - meaning we did not belong to any ALSs in Europe.
I stumbled upon today upon a WHOIS record for the 1Net mailing list (an initiative launched "1Net.org" after Montevideo I* statement). The domain was registered by "the Internet Guild" meaning icann. Somebody finally had some sense of humour. Should be posted to discuss @ 1net.org. / marc.info is someone's email archive - very sweet way of keeping track of one's workload...
Many people that have been inducted in the Internet Hall of Fame including Erik and Paul Vixie. Erik Huzier's speech at TedEx Amsterdam mentions digital playground while Paul Vixie likes to joke that he turned into a digital cop in the last 15 years after working on a digital collective nervous system 15 years prior to that.