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Leveraging multistakerholder forums to canvas ICANN issues

An experiment ICANN could institute is a programme that more actively and formally utilises multistakeholder governance forums with wider representation such as IGF, to consult on issues, that require more equitable multistakeholder participation to be resolved. This relationship could be formalised through setting of transparent agenda setting and consultation processes with clear lines of accountability on how the ...more »

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Overview thoughts - and risks of jumping too fast to options!

The challenge – how to govern a global commons in ways that are effective and legitimate, and how to design a process to improve governance. We know that it’s … • unsustainable to have power in the hands of a self-appointed group; • illegitimate for the US to be in a uniquely powerful position; • undesirable to have something like the Internet run by states; • problematic to have excessive control in hands of a few ...more »

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A "Bug Bounty" program for the DNS (& other Internet standards)

Sponsor a new program that pays big cash rewards to whitehat hackers who uncover security/stability bugs threatening the stability of the Internet at large managed by a panel of volunteer experts. These experts are responsible for defining the rules of the program, allocating bounties to where additional security research is needed most, and mediating any disagreements that might arise. See example by Microsoft and Facebook: ...more »

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WWW of Intentions, Stakeholders & Results

ICANN’s vision is: “one world, one Internet”. StratML's vision is highly complementary: "a world wide web of intentions, stakeholders, and results." Whereas IANA and DNS are about connecting computers, StratML is about enabling computers to connect *people* with shared values and common objectives. In crafting the new strategic plan for IANA, it would be good to explore prospects for leveraging the StratML standard. ...more »

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Method for Prioritizing Issues after Identification

Folks concerned with Internet Governance and ICANN oversight might recall that a ranked-choice voting method was used by ICANN in October 2000 to select five At-Large Board members. ICANN’s online global election was a Very Big Deal at the time. I was a front-row witness to those events, researching a Ph.D. dissertation on the DNS controversy, and sometimes participating in relevant working groups. I came away from ...more »

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Use Namecoin to decentralize DNS

Use namecoin for name resolution. Reasons: * it's 100% compatible with current web browsers: users just won't be connected to namecoin directly but to a DNS<>namecoin proxy. * It's tamper and censorship resistant. No-one can remove, alter a record in blockchain. * It's completely independent: This settles the issue of governance. * It's completely distributed so it's very difficult to attack via DDoS. * Governments ...more »

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The myth of multistakeholder government

Although everybody talks about multistakeholde in ICANN, I have seen it only in the GNSO, and in the Council there is a disbalance between contractual and non contractual parties. The other SOs and ACs have no multistakeholder organization, neither the NRO or the regional registries. So, considering ICANN as a whole, multistakeholder participation is very limited and covers not a big part of it. If we are going to have ...more »

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