Archive for March 14th, 2011

Internet Governance Battle Heats Up as Governments Demand Greater Powers

A simmering battle over governance of the Internet is set to take centre stage in California this week as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based non-profit corporation charged with the principal responsibility for maintaining the Internet’s domain name system, holds one of its regular meetings in Silicon Valley.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that since its creation in 1998, ICANN has faced a wide range of critics – Internet users frustrated at the lack of accountability, business groups concerned that the policy making process is too slow and uncertain, and governments wondering why matters related to the Internet are vested in a private organization and not an entity such as the United Nations.

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March 14, 2011 7 comments Columns

Internet Governance Battle Heats Up as Governments Demand Greater Powers

Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 13, 2011 as Governments’ ominous thirst to control the web A simmering battle over governance of the Internet is set to take centre stage in California this week as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based non-profit corporation charged […]

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Canada’s Worst Cellphone Bill: The Sequel

CBC’s Marketplace looks at Canada’s worst cellphone bill, examining roaming fees and cancellation charges along the way.

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March 14, 2011 1 comment Must Reads

In Defence of a Fair Use Defence

Lucie Guibault of the Institute for Information Law in Amsterdam makes the case for a fair use provision in Europe.

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March 14, 2011 10 comments Must Reads