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Experts representing non-commercial interests weigh in on ICANN and human rights

7 October 2014 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

Earlier this year, the Council of Europe released a report on the application of human rights to ICANN. The Non-commercial stakeholder group (NCSG) and endorsing organisations, of which APC is one, have submitted comments on that report to raise concerns about the role of governments, ICANN’s legal status and the regulation of hate speech. Follow the link to read the NCSG report.

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Call for applications to participate in the First African School on Internet Governance in Durban

JOHANNESBURG 3 June 2013 (APCNews)


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency–e-Africa Programme are pleased to announce the call for applications for the first African School on Internet Governance to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 10-12 July 2013.

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ICANN 46 in Beijing

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) self-described role is:

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer — a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world.

APC calls on ICANN to prioritise human rights when deciding on new top-level domain names

MONTREAL 28 August 2012 (APC)

The Association for Progressive Communications joins the Non Commercial Users Constituency in calling upon ICANN to consider human rights when deciding on new generic top-level domain names.

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Civil society involvement in ICANN: Strengthening future civil society influence in ICANN policymaking

By Robin Gross (September 2011, APC )

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was established in 1998 by the USA to run the root-servers that control the internet among other things. This new paper investigates ICANN’s processes, the role of civil society within decision-making, and highlights lessons learned from this multi-stakeholderism experiment as well as recommendations for future similar initiatives.

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Comments to ICANN on Discussion Draft: Affirmative Reviews

By Willie Currie (March 2010, APC )
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ICANN and the US government: The end of the affair?

NEW YORK 2 October 2009 (Willie Currie for APCNews)

After eleven years, a direct relationship of accountability between the US government and the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is now over. This is a step forward although civil society commentators are clear that this does not mean that ICANN is entirely independent of US control.

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Comments to ICANN: Proposed bylaw changes to improve accountability

By Willie Currie (September 2009, APC )

The Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened new accountability measures for public comments. Willie Currie, APC's policy manager, said in his submission that “The community still does not have the power to dismiss the Board [which] is a signifier of a lack of accountability and democratic procedure that cannot be cured by the current proposed amendments.”

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APC submits comments on ICANN proposed bylaw changes to improve accountability

NEW YORK 30 September 2009 (Willie Currie for APCNews)

The Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened new accountability measures for public comments. Willie Currie, APC's policy manager, said in his submission that “The community still does not have the power to dismiss the Board [which] is a signifier of a lack of accountability and democratic procedure that cannot be cured by the current proposed amendments.”

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