User Voice in Internet Governance -- ICANNatlarge.org
Today, the collective voice of the user in ICANN exists in the
organization named ICANNatlarge.org. ICANNatlarge.org is a mass
membership organization founded in early 2002 to unite users in
Internet governance, most notably in ICANN. With over 1000 members, a
web site and mailing lists, and an elected governing panel,
ICANNatlarge.org provides a framework for continued user participation
in policy making.
ICANNatlarge.org Meeting in
At ICANN's upcoming board meeting in Shanghai, the user organization
ICANNatlarge.org will host an At Large Forum.
the Illusion of Legitimacy
ICANN is widely recognized as lacking legitimacy. This legitimacy
deficit is certainly not from any failure to go through the motions.
In its words and its actions, ICANN seems to employ participative,
consensus-based, bottom-up procedures. The problem is that these words
and actions often serve only to create an illusion of legitimacy. The
reality is much different.
for Congressional Hearings on ICANN
CPSR's CivSoc submitted comments
for the 12 June 2002 hearings on ICANN held by the Subcomittee on
Science, Technology and Space of the Commerce Committee of the US
the Course on Internet Privatization [Word
The US Department of Commerce should work closely with ICANN to fully
implement the original 1998 Internet privatization policy. That policy
addressed the inescapable need for legitimacy in ICANN with a mechanism
that proved workable in 2000: elections. By avoiding a major
restructuring, DoC also avoids the destabilizing combination of
organizational change and staff turnover. Finally, by staying with the
original privatization policy, DoC would uphold the Internet traditions
of private, voluntary, and decentralized management. This document was
also posted to the ICANN Reform web
Interest in ICANN is Broad and Deep
Although ICANN's At Large Study Committee has attracted few
expressions of interest for its proposed user organization, user
interest remains broad and deep. Disinterest in the ALSC should not be
confused with disinterest in ICANN.
ICANN Meeting: Accra, Ghana (March 10-13, 2002)
Dialogue with the Directors
CPSR's Africa chapter and
Democracy Project will be hosting a series of public interest
forums at the next ICANN
the At Large Study Committee
(26 October 2001)
Future of Democracy in ICANN:
Critique of the At Large Study Committee (ALSC) Draft
The ALSC abandons the foundational commitments made at ICANN's
creation and proposes to radically reduce user representation in
Dialogue with ALM Directors -- Montevideo
Friday, September 7, 2-5 PM
Location: Londres Room, Holiday Inn Hotel (50m from Radisson
The Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC) is again hosting a "Dialogue
with ALM Directors" at the forthcoming ICANN meeting.
The Origins of ICANN's At Large
By understanding the history of ICANN's At Large Membership, we can
better understand questions confronting us today.
Melbourne: At Large Members Meetings
The next ICANN meeting
is in Melbourne, Australia, from March 9-13.
Important items on the meeting agenda
include the At Large
On Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, there will be meetings by the
Civil Society Internet Forum and the Interim Coordinating
The local sponsor for these events is Electronic Frontiers Australia.
The New Politics of ICANN: Board
Now that Internet users have elected them to ICANN's Board of
Directors, the new At Large Directors will have to master the arts of
persuasion, procedure, and coalitions. A first opportunity for this is
ICANN's upcoming Melbourne meeting.
Free Speech Concerns, Cyber-Rights Groups Call for Hearings on Internet
Domain Name Decisions
A coalition of civil society groups and scholars have issued a joint
letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce calling for hearings and
additional public commentary before the department acts on recent
Internet domain name decisions that limit free expression; a press release on
this subject has been posted online.
Policy Panel at Georgia Tech (January 26)
"Internet Self-Regulation: Perspectives of Business, Asia, and
Civil Society." A panel discussion with Michael Nelson (IBM),
Izumi Aizu (Asia and Pacific Internet Association), and Hans Klein
(Georgia Tech & CPSR). Chaired by Seymour Goodman (Georgia
Cyber-Federalist No. 8:
ICANN's At Large Study
This "clean sheet" study considers eliminating the At Large
directors. Internet users must guard against mischief and work to
realize the constructive potential of the study.
Cyber-Federalist No. 7:
ICANN Members Launch Coordinating Committee
The ICANN meeting in Marina del Rey was the site of an historic event:
the launch of a first organization to facilitate self-organization of
the ICANN At Large members and foster democratic participation in the
Commitments to the At Large Membership
This letter documents ICANN's past stated commitments to support the
At Large Membership -- commitments that are being reconsidered in
"Clean Sheet" study of the At Large Membership.
ICANN Members Forum (Los
This forum will bring together ICANN members and newly-elected
Directors in a process of self-organization. Members need to work
together to define a more enduring organization that gives members a
voice in ICANN.
Election Results: 3 of 5 New Directors are "Friends of Civil
Official election results are available here.
Civil society supporters include Karl Auerbach (North
Mueller-Maguhn (Europe), and Nii Quaynor
(Africa). Additional new directors are Ivan Moura Campos
(Latin America) and Masanobu Katoh
analysis of elections in Wired magazine.
Archives of ICANN Debates at Harvard University and MIT
Press Coverage: Candidates Debate at Harvard
Evaluating the Candidates
See the candidates' responses to questionnaires by the Internet
Democracy Project and the Center for Democracy and
Technology. Also, don't miss the list of Friends
of Civil Society.
Cyber-Federalist No. 6:
Organizing the ICANN Membership
What kinds of "intermediate institutions" are needed to connect
ICANN's 76,000 members with their 5 elected directors? We can begin
with regional forums.
American Candidates Debate (Oct. 2)
The Internet Democracy Project (CivSoc/CPSR, ACLU, and EPIC) and the
Berkman Center at Harvard University are hosting an in-person debate
among the candidates.
Candidates Comment on the Civil Society
Candidates from multiple regions have commented on the Civil
Society Statement as part of the ICANN Question + Answer
Forum. Read the comments from Asia/Pacific,
America, Europe, Africa, Latin America.
CivSoc of CPSR is featured in recent articles in
Communications Week International and Slashdot.
Other Board Election: Jamie Love's Candidacy for the DNSO
Read about this election happening on the Supporting Organization side
The endorsement period for this election runs until Monday, Sept.
No. 5: The ICANN Member Nomination Process
An analysis of the likely outcome of the Member Nomination Process and
its significance for the ICANN Board Elections.
SlashdotArticle on Candidates and Civil Society
Member nominees discuss the issues in the Civil Society Statement.
of Civil Society
See this list of ICANN candidates who have supported the
Civil Society Statement .
Hat's off to the ICANNnot web site for its Member Nominations
Voting: Endorse by September 8. You can revise an
The ICANN "primaries" run from August 15 to Sept. 8. If you
registered and have a pin, you should meet the candidates.
In the Member Nomination Phase, you can log in to ICANN and revise your
endorsement. (Just watch out for overloaded servers!) See ICANN's FAQ)
This Analysis of ICANN's Nominees CPSR's analyzes the candidates and
finds that ICANN's proposed user representatives often come from
Background information to the nominees named by ICANN's
top-down Nominations Committee