Category Archives: ICANN

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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A Disgraceful Dereliction of Duty

ICANN is the global ruling body for the worldwide web. It is an independent organization but every government in the world, including the UK’s, can influence its decisions through something called the Government Advisory Committee (GAC). The Brits have been particularly active on … Continue reading

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ICANN refuses to explain

Regular readers will know about the application made by the .Kids Foundation to ICANN to be allowed to run the proposed new .kids gTLD.  ICANN gave a contract to the Economist Intelligence Unit  (EIU) to help them assess the bid. … Continue reading

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ICANN gets it wrong – again

In previous blogs I have lamented ICANN’s apparent lack of interest in the position of children and young people, despite them being such a substantial constituency of internet users in all parts of the world. Neither does ICANN appear to … Continue reading

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Bad news and good news from Brussels

I spent the latter part of last week in Brussels at the EuroDIG meeting. It was an impressive and large gathering with a star-studded cast of speakers. Well done to the organizers. Two Commissioners from the European Union spoke: Ansip … Continue reading

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A view from the world of wizards

I greatly enjoyed reading a review of David Aaronovitch’s book   “Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists” in which the critic picked up on the metaphor of Muggles from the famous Harry Potter series. Both of Aaronovitch’s parents were … Continue reading

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