The GovLab SCAN – Issue 2

Supporting the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation

As part of the GovLab’s Living Labs on Smarter Governance project, this is our second weekly edition of SCAN – Selected Curation of Articles on Net-Governance. Feel free to share your suggestions with us at [email protected].

This week’s highlights:

  • The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) wrapped up last Friday in Bali. From this year’s event emerged uncertainty for the future of Internet governance and a lack of clarity among stakeholders on how many issues, such as surveillance and privacy, should be addressed going forward.
  • Concerns and excitement around the upcoming April 2014 Brazil “Internet Summit” have emerged, though many questions on the details of the event remain.
  • ICANN is working to expand its engagement efforts, especially in its Arabic-speaking community.
  • The Domain Name Association launched this week to advocate for the commercial sustainability and long-term future of the domain name industry.


David Olive. “Advancing ICANN’s Multi-Stakeholder Model through Community Engagement.” ICANN Blog. October 28, 2013.

  • ICANN is expanding its community engagement capacity by growing existing channels, improving communication flows, and developing an experimental community regional outreach pilot program, which will be made available to the five Regional At-Large Organizations and non-contracted Generic Names Supporting Organization constituencies.

Ouma, Michael. “UNESCO, ICANN and ISOC to Launch Glossary on Internet Governance.” Aptantech. October 29, 2013.

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ICANN and the Internet Society (ISOC) are producing a framework for an “Arabic glossary of Internet governance terms” to expand engagement of Arabic-speaking communities in multi-stakeholder Internet governance processes.

Internet Governance

Glenny, Misha. “Leaks Have Weakened American Control of the Web.” Financial Times. October 28, 2013.

  • As more revelations of U.S. cyber espionage programs emerge, many countries from Brazil to those in the European Union have started to question their relationship with the United States in global communications policy.

Hallam-Baker, Phillip. “Nobody Has Proposed a Sustainable Model for Internet Governance Yet.CircleID. October 27, 2013.

  • Hallam-Baker advocates for an Internet governance “reform block” to focus on proposing a sustainable model of governance that removes the ability of countries – whether the U.S. or Russia and China – to exploit and leverage technical control points in the Internet’s architecture for strategic gain.

Holland, Bryon. “Multi-Stakeholderism and the ’Coalition of the Willing.” CircleID. October 27, 2013.

  • In light of the NSA surveillance revelations and the decline of the U.S. as an objectively credible defender of the multi-stakeholder Internet governance model, Holland highlights how the I* organizations have stepped up to help fill the void. He advocates that these organizations make certain to engage with the broader Internet community in setting a clear agenda for what can and should be accomplished going forward.

Seltzer, Larry. “NSA Spying Will Not Change Internet Governance.” ZDNet. October 28, 2013.

  • Seltzer argues that the NSA’s surveillance of civilians and world leaders may cause outrage but likely won’t impact any meaningful changes in Internet governance. He expresses doubt toward Brazilian President Rousseff’s call for a new global legal system to govern the net and ICANN’s efforts to serve as a change-agent within this ecosystem – neither, he asserts, will result in the stoppage of espionage practices going forward.

Smith, Ernie. “New Domain Name Association Officially Launches.” Associations Now. October 29, 2013.

  • The Domain Name Association (DNA) officially launched this week as an advocacy body representing the commercial interests of the domain name industry. An initial goal of the DNA includes educating the public on the new top-level domain name program to help ease users’ transition to new domains. Members of the DNA board include key industry players like Google, GoDaddy and Donuts.

Surveillance Issues Overshadow Talks At End Of Internet Governance Forum 2013.” Dark Reading. October 29, 2013.

  • Summarizing a number of key workshops and sessions from IGF 2013, this piece highlights key themes from the forum, including: i) the frequent reference to the need to restore trust in the Internet; ii) emerging concerns around surveillance and the possible effects on the Internet from global reactions thereto; and iii) the desire to maintain a multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance as opposed to a government-led multilateral approach.


Malcolm, Jeremy. “Brazil Summit Heralds Major Internet Governance Reforms.” Digital News Asia. October 28, 2013.

  • Malcolm details the outdated nature of today’s Internet governance model, the important timing of the Brazil “Summit” announcement by Fadi Chehadé and Brazil’s President Rousseff, and the growing pressures that have emerged around setting a Summit agenda and expectations for deliverables.

Said, Ismail Amsyar Mohd. “Seoul Framework Adopted, The Hague To Host Next Cyberspace Conference.” Bernama. n.d.

  • This year’s International Conference on Cyberspace held in Seoul, South Korea concluded last Friday. The third such conference ever, discussions focused on issues from cybercrime to human rights online to the need for an international approach to economic growth, social progress and security. The event  resulted in the Seoul Framework, “the first international agreement on cyber-related issues.” Next year’s event will be hosted in The Hague.

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