The Geopolitics of Internet Governance
The panel featured:
Former US Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State
ICANN, Vice President for Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe
Senior Director, Strategic Public Policy
Senior Policy Advisor, Technology Evangelist, PayPal
Associate Professor in the School of Communication, American University
Co-Founder, Relay Station Social Media LLC
Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS
A paper, Control Point Analyses, was mentioned during the panel discussion. The paper offers academic insights into key technical aspects of the internet and the impact they have upon internet governance. The paper begins by exploring the operational elements of the internet that determine how influence may be exerted over the system. The analysis then focuses on how actorsleverage power within these parameters and the extent to which doing so is actually possible.
The paper is available for download at:
Quick Guide to Acronyms Used:
ICANN- Internet Corporation of Assigned Naming and Numbers
GAC- Governmental Advisory Committee
ITU- International Telecommunications Union
WSIS- World Summit on Society and Information
IGF- Internet Governance Forum
IETF- Internet Engineering Task Force
ISOC- Internet Society
IP Address- Internet Protocol Address
IPv4- Internet Protocol Address version 4, the most common current version.
IPv6- Internet Protocol Address version 6, the latest version of IP addresses currently being implemented.
DNS- Domain Naming System
TLD- Top Level Domain, e.g. the .org in csis.org
gTLD- Generic Top Level Domain, none country affiliated top level domains such as .org and .com
New gTLD- New Generic Top Level Domains. This is a system being implemented which is expected to expand the current number of gTLDs from around 20 to the thousands. An example of a new gTLD would be .csis in techpolicy.csis.
ccTLD- Country Code Top Level Domain Name, e.g. .us in America.us
UDRP- Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Process. UDRP is a process through ICANN for a trademark holder to file a grievance if they feel someone has registered a domain which is infringing on their trademark.
If you wish to read further, ICANN maintains an extensive glossary of internet governace terms and acronyms on their website: http://www.icann.org/en/about/learning/glossary