Category Archives: ICANN

More problems with ICANN and WHOIS

Almost from the very beginning of the internet, or at any rate from the beginning of the worldwide web, there has been an explicit rule which says that the name, address and contact details of whoever owns or manages a … Continue reading

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Looking for a new name

I have just read the draft budget produced by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, otherwise known as ICANN.  The new draft relates to 2018.  Assuming it is approved what it shows (page 11) is that in 2018 … Continue reading

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Election 2017 – a Digital Manifesto

Age verification for pornography sites was a key measure advocated in the Digital Manifesto published by the UK children’s charities ahead of the 2015 General Election. Earlier this week that proposal was adopted in the Digital Economy Act, 2017. This shows … Continue reading

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ICANN lets down child abuse victims, again

There is a major story in today’s Sunday Times.  It has a front page splash and a half page inside.  It concerns two remnants of Empire, technically known as British Overseas Territories, the Chagos Islands and St Helena, the latter … Continue reading

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The ICANN saga – part 2

Earlier this week I blogged about an article that appeared in The Times concerning ICANN’s neglect of children’s issues. The story got a little promotional piece on the front page and was huge inside the paper. Imagine my surprise when I … Continue reading

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Towards a new internet strategy for the UK

On 27th February Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State at DCMS announced the Government’s intention to  develop a new internet strategy. As a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS I was asked for my views.  I reproduce them below. I … Continue reading

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Stockholm Syndrome and the internet

Stockholm Syndrome describes how hostages can eventually come to adopt the values or point of view of their captors.  Having just returned from ICANN 58 in Copenhagen I am convinced there is a lot more of it about than I … Continue reading

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