More on ICANN, ITU, DNS and the Internet Root

I’m currently reading a few academic papers relating to control of the Internet root, DNS and ICANN. I referred to both of them in a previous post, but didn’t elaborate on them, so I will do so here. The first one is Wrong Turn in Cyberspace: Using ICANN to Route around the APA and the
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Is Internet Access a Human Right?

Last year, a Wired Magazine blog post carried this title, “U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right.” They began by saying the following: A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law. They then quote from the summary part of the report
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Cambodia’s Draft Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO)

In the Global Governance Regime article I previously mentioned, they have this to say in their section on capacity building: NGOs, while indispensable actors in terms of implementing ground-level capacity building, mostly operate at the pleasure of national governments, and have little recourse if asked to cease operations or even leave a state entirely. Suspicious
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Will UN Treaty be a Disaster for the Internet?

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, in a Q&A at the Mobile World Congress 2012, had this to say about turning over control of naming and DNS to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union: “That would be a disaster… To some, the openness and interoperability is one of the greatest achievements of mankind in our lifetime. Do
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