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Working Group on Domain Names and Internet Governance

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Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Working Group on Domain Names
and Internet Governance
("DNS Working Group")

DNS Working Group
This page describes the activities of CPSR's working group on Domain Names and Internet governance.  The management of Internet domain names and addresses has become a major issue in the question of Internet governance. The stakes are high -- ultimately, this could create a new form of global governance in cyberspace.  CPSR has been active in this policy area since its earliest days.

Civil Society Democracy Project (CivSoc of CPSR)
CivSoc is a semi-autonomous project of CPSR that works on ICANN issues and Internet governance.  CivSoc is CPSR's participant in the Internet Democracy Project and the Civil Society Internet Forum.  CivSoc also publishes the Cyber-Federalist newsletter.  Recent activities include:

Internet Democracy Project
Launched in June 2000, the Internet Democracy Project is a major initiative undertaken by CivSoc of CPSR together with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).  The Project seeks to promote public education and democratic participation in Internet governance.  The Internet Democracy Project has received funding from the Open Society Institute.

Civil Society Internet Forum (CSIF)
CSIF is a global framework in which individuals and organizations representing civil society can interact and cooperate in issues of Internet governance.  CSIF publishes the Civil Society Statement on ICANN Elections.
CPSR's 2002 Norbert Wiener Award to Karl Auerbach - for pioneering democratic Internet governance.

Other CPSR Activities in Internet Governance

Speaking Engagements by Working Group Members

Harry Hochheiser Hans Klein Milton Mueller Marc Holitscher Rick Barry


Other Resources

  • Cyber-rights page on DNS policy.
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  The organization that was created by DoC amidst great controversy. "(ICANN) is the new non-profit corporation that was formed to take over responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions now performed under U.S. Government contract by IANA and other entities. "
  • ICANN Watch  A site serving "as a central point of reference about what ICANN is and is not doing."
  • International Forum on the White Paper  An ad hoc international group that formed shortly after the U.S. Department of Commerce issued its White Paper on Internet Names. Four meetings were held in North America, Europe, Asia and South America which produced an impressive proposal for a governance structure for domain names. The proposal was not implemented.
  • Department of Commerce  The Domain Names page of the DoC contains official documents relating to the creation of ICANN as well as the archive of comments received.

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