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ICT- policy and Internet Governance


go  Beyond ICANN vs. ITU? How WSIS tries to enter the new territory of Internet Governance, by Wolfgang Kleinwächter.

go  Donor ICT Strategies Matrix, published by OECD/DAC, December 2003.

go  Framing ‘Internet Governance’ Policy Discourse: Fifteen Baseline Propositions by William J. Drake. Paper based on presentations at the Workshop on Internet Governance, International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, February 26-27, 2004; and the UN ICT Task Force Global Forum on Internet Governance, New York City; March 25-26, 2004.

go  Frequently Asked Questions About Conducting a National WSIS Consultation Process Version 1, June 2003, Association for Progressive Communications. This APC guide outlines the steps to take and key components in organising a national consultation around ICT policy. The primary target audience is people that are active in using

or promoting the use of ICTs in their work, but who have not necessarily been involved in national level policy processes previously.

go  Global E-policy resource network (ePol-NET). ePol-NET provides a focal point for global efforts in support of national e-strategies for development. The initiative, presented as WSIS in December 2003 at Geneva, brings together Partners from a range of organisations around the world who contribute e-strategy and e-policy information and expertise for the benefit of individuals, organisations and governments in developing countries.The network provides ICT policymakers in developing countries with the depth and quality of information needed to develop effective national e-policies and e-strategies.

go  Global E-policy resource network, Press release.

go  Governance webpage from the Global Internet Policy Initiative.

go  Herding Schrodinger’s cats: Some conceptual tools for thinking about Internet Governance. Background Paper for the ITU Workshop on Internet Governance Geneva, 26-27 February 2004.

go  How Domain Name Servers Work. By Marshall Brain.

go  ICANN. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a private sector initiative to assume responsibility for overseeing the technical coordination of the Domain Name System (DNS), which allows Internet addresses (for example, web pages and email accounts) to be found by easy-to-remember names, instead of numbers. Incorporated and headquartered in California, ICANN is a non-profit corporation structured to make decisions on the basis of Internet community consensus. As ICANN's start-up phase progresses, its Board of Directors will be elected in part by a global membership of individual members of the Internet community, and in part by supporting organizations representing the business, technical, non-commercial and academic communities.

go  ICANN Announcement regarding certification of "At-Large Structures", 16 December 2003. In an important step towards fulfilling the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN's) objective to have informed, structured participation of the individual Internet user community ("At-Large"), six organizations in three geographic regions have received "At-Large Structure" certification. Certification recognizes that the following groups meet ICANN's criteria for involving individual Internet users at the local or issue level in ICANN activities and for promoting individuals' understanding of, and participation in, ICANN.

go  ICT Policy and Internet Rights page from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

go  ICT Policy for Civil Society: A Taining Course.

go  ICT Policy, a Beginners Handbook, Association for Progressive Communications, Ed. Chris Nicol, December 2003. This book by APC lays out the issues and dispenses with the jargon to encourage more people to get involved in ICT policy processes. It is for people who feel that ICT policy is important but don't know much about it, e.g. a government official worried about a gap in her technical knowledge of how the internet works, a human-rights worker concerned that his need to send secure email is being challenged by national government policy, a citizen fed up with paying exorbitant rates for dial-up internet access and ready to organise… The book can be downloaded from the website at no cost (zip-file).

go  Ideology and policy: notes on the shaping of the Internet by Katharine Sarikakis. This paper considers some of the ideologies that are shaping Internet policies. It addresses the priorities of international policy initiatives and identifies their discursive constructions. It takes stock of some of the most characteristic policy directions that seek to define the Internet and its uses within an agenda of predominant privatisation.

go  Information about the the DNS Root Server Mirror Service and Anycast.

go  Information and Communication Technologies, Poverty and Development: Learning from Experience. A background paper for the InfoDev Annual Symposium 2003, by Kerry S. McNamara.

go  Internet Exchange Points Their Importance to Development of the Internet and Strategies for their Deployment - The African Example 6 June 2002 (revised 3 May 2004).

go  Internet governance and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) by Adam Peake. Adam Peake is Executive Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan.

go  Louder voices. A study by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation and Panos London. Strengthening Developing Country Participation in International ICT Decision-Making

go  Open code and open societies: values of Internet governance, by Lawrence Lessig.

go  Who rules the Internet? Understanding ICANN. Internet governance is becoming an influential factor in the way we access, consume, produce and exchange information. As an internet governance working group prepares to meet in advance of the World Summit on the Information Society, Panos London launches the first brief of its WSIS media toolkit.



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