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BUENOS AIRES 17-21 Nov 2013 48th ICANN meeting a contentious AGM?

The Latin America-Caribbean Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the designated Annual Gener

November 17, 2013 - NULL

BUENOS AIRES 17-21 Nov 2013 48th ICANN meeting a contentious AGM?

The Latin America-Caribbean Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the designated Annual General Meeting of the United States-based body. By coincidence or design, ITU Telecom World 2013, the major event of the year of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is scheduled for the same dates in another country. The two meetings could be pulling in different directions, with ICANN and its supporters on one end of the tug o' war over global control of

BUENOS AIRES 17-21 Nov 2013 48th ICANN meeting a contentious AGM?

The Latin America-Caribbean Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the designated Annual General Meeting of the United States-based body. By coincidence or design, ITU Telecom World 2013, the major event of the year of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is scheduled for the same dates in another country. The two meetings could be pulling in different directions, with ICANN and its supporters on one end of the tug o' war over global control of the Internet and ICANN critics at Telecoms World. The rows over expanded gTLD (generic top-level domain) system and the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) treaty, due to take effect in Jan 2015, reflect the proxy war between the two sides. The several ICANN and ITU meetings throughout 2013 are likely to determine the level of combativeness at both November events.

The United States sees efforts by some countries to expand the 1988 regulations to include the Internet as an attempt to grab control of it from US-governed ICANN. Proponents of the expansion -- mainly China, Russia and several Arab countries - argue that it needs to be updated as the influence of Internet communications increases worldwide has changed. They want ICANN, which has served as the Internet's de facto governing body since the late 1990s, replaced by an "information security" regime.

By the end of 2013, advisory committees inside and outside ICANN will be pressing hard with often conflicting demands. The most taxing might be the "advice" from ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Some GAC governments want the ability to restrict certain entities from owning gTLD (generic top-level domain) on the root server, reflected in open vs. closed registration policies. ICANN has to decide what to do about any GAC demands that run counter to the concept of a free and open Internet. Thwarted governments can be counted on to tug harder for ITU control of the Internet and their "information security" regime.

The pulling in different directions became very marked at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai in Dec 2012. The session set out to update the 1988 ITRs to include issues such as mobile-roaming charges and access to emergency services. It is the only global telecommunications pact. Eighty-nine ITU member states signed the updated regulations. Fifty-five, which included the United States, Canada, Australia and France, refused to sign. They argued that the new language could allow Internet regulation and censorship by governments. (WRITTEN MAR 2013)

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Latin America-Caribbean Meeting Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Latin ICANN America-Caribbean Meeting, November 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Americas, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, ICANN Annual General Meeting, Governmental Advisory Committee, GAC. gTLDs, generic top-level domains, open vs. closed registration policies, International Telecommunication Union, ITU, International Telecommunications Regulations, ITRs, ITR treaty

RELATED READING:

ICANN
http://www.icann.org/

Governmental Advisory Committee
https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/Governmental+Advisory+Committee

ICANN's debating what's in a domain name (Politico 20 Feb 2013)
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/icanns-debating-whats-in-a-domain-name-87816.html

Arabic domains important if Middle East wants to profit from internet (The National 5 Mar 2013)
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/arabic-domains-important-if-middle-east-wants-to-profit-from-internet

ICANN CEO: 'We owe Asia a big apology" (zd Net 25 Feb 2013)
http://www.zdnet.com/sg/icann-ceo-we-owe-asia-a-big-apology-7000011762/

ICANN Details New TLD Rollout Plan, Unveils APAC Expansion Plans (AP/WHIR 27 Feb 2013)
http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/icann-details-new-tld-rollout-plan-unveils-apac-expansion-plans

Date written/update: 2013-11-17