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Three key issues for ICANN's Accountability Working Group

In a separate post I’ve set out an update of what is at stake in the debate about the IANA stewardship transition and the ICANN accountability discussion. 

This post looks at three key topics that come up in the accountability debate, and our stance on them. I've participated in this working group since it was formed in December last year, so I do feel some attachment to its work. It's meeting face to face at the end of this week.

 

ICANN accountability, IANA stewardship - what's at stake?

ICANN. IANA. Accountability. Stewardship. Transition.

These words together have deep meaning to many of those who participate in or follow global Internet governance. They are also, to be honest, meaningless mumbo-jumbo the vast majority of Internet users.

What’s it all about, and should you care at all?

Annoyingly, the answer is, “probably.”

If you rely on the Internet’s Domain Name System functioning reliably (want that email to go to the right place? how about knowing your favourite website is going to work?) you should care.

Scene setting for NetHui 2015

Here is the prepared-for-delivery version of my Scene Setting speech at NetHui 2015, for those interested. Transcripts and video of all sessions are coming later - check http://2015.nethui.nz/ for that material in a few days. Time pressure meant the words spoken on the day aren't quite as written.

Kia ora ano.

Thank you for being here.

What a wonderful crowd.

I’d like to begin this morning with one of my favourite proverbs:

A year and a bit of technical research

This is a guest post from Jay Daley, CEO of NZRS. It follows on from my blog post:

Post-Council: Business development, technical research, NZRS and InternetNZ

 

There's been a bit of confusion in the last couple of weeks about technical research within InternetNZ and the role InternetNZ has asked NZRS to take.

Post-Council: Business development, technical research, NZRS and InternetNZ

As part of ongoing improvements to internal comms, I'll be blogging ‘Post-Council’ on the operational impact or background of a specific Council decision after each Council meeting.

This is the first of the series. It looks at business development efforts at InternetNZ – a process aimed at delivering more resources to do good work for the Internet community.

 

Many questions in the copyright debate

Global modeSince the pre-Easter news that four big content companies (Mediaworks, TVNZ, Sky and Spark through Lightbox) were threatening legal action against ISPs offering services like GlobalMode, I’ve been mulling on what all the pieces of this puzzle are.

APRICOT 2015 – it isn’t a fruit

Apricot?I’m in the first day of a meeting of APTLD – the Asia Pacific federation of country-code domain name managers - which is part of the annual APRICOT. event. It’s a mouthful of an acronym, and it’s one that is landing in Auckland in 2016.

ICANN 52 reflection

It’s a week now since the end of ICANN’s 52nd public meeting in Singapore, held 8-12 February. I’ve had a chance to reflect on the week and think about what happened.