Category Archives: ICANN

Rule of the oligarchs?

Where does ICANN’s money come from? It is easy to find their annual accounts  and estimates.  These give the big numbers.  Finding out which individual companies or organizations are behind the numbers is harder,  although admittedly not much harder if … Continue reading

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Final version of the letter to the NTIA

The  UK children’s charities sent this in to the NTIA on 17th July, 2018. Dear NTIA, Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments on the future of the US Government’s international internet policy priorities. One in three human internet users is … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Pornography, Self-regulation

Cherie Blair speaks out

In the pantheon of bad actors in the internet space there are two distinct classes. There are the criminals and fraudsters themselves.  Clearly they bear the greatest part of the burden of guilt for the harm their actions cause. However, … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news from across the pond

A great article appeared in the Canadian Globe and Mail earlier this week.  It was written  by Peter MacKay a former Federal Attorney General of Canada. In the article MacKay reminds us, and here is the bad news, that even … Continue reading

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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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