ICANN Accountability and IANA Stewardship update

This is a brief update on the state of play of the two intertwined processes I’ve written about on and off over the past eighteen months: the IANA stewardship transition and the ICANN accountability improvement process.

On the transition…

The long-titled IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has pulled together the proposals from the three operational communities affected by the transition. Names, Numbers and Protocols have all set out how they see stewardship after the USA relinquishes its contract with ICANN.


Copyright affects what you can do online. A couple of weeks ago we put up a video asking for your input:

Video - passport control at the supermarket

Our comic below raises the same question - how can we develop a copyright law that works for NZ consumers and creative people?

NZ Copyright Comic

Judge content by its character, not its medium

This week Andrew has blogged about Amy Adams' kicking off an ambitious programme of policy review and work that relates to Convergence (read his blog post).

Initial thoughts on convergence

Pretty big news recently in the Government's release of their Exploring Digital Convergence "Green Paper". You've likely already seen our press release on this; in case you didn't its here:

NetHui 2015 – session videos and event report

The 2015 NetHui took place in Auckland's SkyCity Convention Centre from 8-10 July and brought together hundreds of people from New Zealand’s Internet community and even some from far abroad. The theme for the event was “the Internet is everybody’s business” and covered the importance of the Internet to all Kiwis.

We at InternetNZ are very proud to organise and host the annual NetHui event and we were pleased to hear all the positive feedback after this year’s get together.

Passport control at the checkout

Copyright law affects what Kiwis can access and share online. What do you want from copyright law?

Today we put out a video about shopping - about the options New Zealanders have to buy things they want online. Like everyone else in the world, Kiwis enjoy a range of movies, music, TV, and other media. We’re getting used to buying these online, just as easily as we buy food at the supermarket.

TPP Intellectual Property and Technology/Internet Issues - Report from Meeting with Negotiators

InternetNZ has expressed concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Based on what we have seen from leaked texts, we are concerned about the process, and we are concerned about the content of parts of the agreement, particularly on intellectual property issues.

This week we and other technology sector organisations met with the New Zealand negotiators working on these issues, to share our concerns, and to hear their assessments of likely outcomes should the TPP conclude. Our news from this discussion is mixed.

TPP: New leaks, same principles

TPP: Copyright Enforcement, TPMs, and NZ's future

Our last blog post set out our position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - that we are concerned about the lack of transparency, and that we will measure its impact against our policy principles. Today, in this blog post, we share some of that analysis. Part of our job is to inform and provoke discussion on these issues, so we welcome your thoughts in response.

Desperately seeking silver linings?

The TPP, transparency and minimising the downside for the Internet community

Lately we’ve been asking ourselves what should we at InternetNZ be doing about the TPP. If it's seemed like we've been a bit quiet on the issue, it's only because we’ve been been internalising some pretty complicated situations in our heads.

Guest Post: The times, they are a’changing…

This Guest Post is from InternetNZ Member, Don Hollander.

The domain name space is changing – both globally and within New Zealand – and we’re not keeping up.