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DURBAN 14-19 Jul 2013 ICANN’s 47th public meeting in South Africa

Durban hosts the second of the three public meetings in 2013 of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The

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DURBAN 14-19 Jul 2013 ICANN's 47th public meeting in South Africa

Durban hosts the second of the three public meetings in 2013 of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The United States-based body's plan to spread the management of the 1.5 billion-user Internet to other regions will be reflected in the agenda. The drama surrounding the roll-out of gTLDs (generic top-level domains) and open vs. closed registration policies is far from over, but ICANN might be able to report to the international stakeholders that first new gTLDs could arrive in the Internet Root

DURBAN 14-19 Jul 2013 ICANN's 47th public meeting in South Africa

Durban hosts the second of the three public meetings in 2013 of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The United States-based body's plan to spread the management of the 1.5 billion-user Internet to other regions will be reflected in the agenda. The drama surrounding the roll-out of gTLDs (generic top-level domains) and open vs. closed registration policies is far from over, but ICANN might be able to report to the international stakeholders that first new gTLDs could arrive in the Internet Root Server System later in 2013 and that work is progressing on the introduction of non-Latin suffixes. Given the complications, which include demands from the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) for the ability to bar some domains from the root server, the timeline is shaky.

The earliest suffixes were .com, .net and .org. The gTLDs allow brand, location or specialty web suffixes, such as ".google," ".london" and ".music."

The GAC is one of a number of ICANN advisory committees demanding a bigger say in the body's policies. Human rights organizations have also entered the fray, mainly opposing any government's effort to curb access to the system. They are likely to press their case at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) of the United Nations.

The ITU is spawning its own advisory bodies and fora, and several of these are involved in efforts to see the Internet wrested from US control. The International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) treaty, which came out of World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT?12), held in Dubai in Dec 2012, would see the Internet under ITU control. It is due to come into force in Jan 2015. The United States and several other Western countries are resisting. They did not sign the treaty, and will be fighting to overturn it -- or see it so watered down that nothing changes.

Commercial and specialty entities, meanwhile, are fighting ICANN to protect their brand names in the expanded gTLD system, and ICANN also has to resolve the disputes when more than one body applies for the same suffix.

ICANN, based in Los Angeles, manages the Internet's domain-name system under a contract with the US Commerce Department. (WRITTEN MAR 2013)

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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: 2013-07-14