ICANN Board Rejects .xxx Domain Application
On March 30th, 2007 the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to reject the .xxx sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLD) application from ICM Registry, Inc.
“This decision was the result of very careful scrutiny and consideration of all the arguments. That consideration has led a majority of the Board to believe that the proposal should be rejected,” said Dr Vint Cerf, Chairman of ICANN. “I thank my fellow Board members and the community for their input,” Dr. Cerf said.
ISOC Fellowship to the IETF
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the world’s premier Internet standards setting organization. It operates as a large, open international community of network designers, operators, vendor experts, researchers, and other interested technologists. While much of the IETF’s work takes place over mailing lists, the in-person experience promotes a stronger understanding of the standardization process, encourages active involvement in IETF work, and facilitates personal networking with others that have similar technical interests.
Presently, there is limited participation at the IETF by technologists from developing countries. There are, however, many talented individuals in developing regions that have an interest in and follow IETF work and would benefit from the opportunities that attending an IETF meeting presents. As such, the main purposes of the Internet Society (ISOC)’s IETF Fellowship Program are to:
- Raise global awareness about the IETF and its work
- Foster greater understanding of and participation in the work of the IETF by technologists from the developing world
- Provide an opportunity for networking with individuals from around the world with similar technical interests
- Identify and foster potential future leaders from developing regions
- Demonstrate the Internet community’s commitment to fostering greater global participation in Internet Forums such as the IETF
ISOC successfully piloted the IETF Fellowship program at the 66th IETF meeting in Montreal in June 2006. Two individuals from Africa participated in this first pilot. Three individuals from the Pacific and Latin America participated in a second pilot phase at the 67th IETF meeting in San Diego in November 2006. All found the experience highly beneficial. Based on the success of the pilots, ISOC decided to formalize the program beginning in 2007.
The ISOC Fellowship pays for the Fellow’s IETF meeting registration and social event fees, a round-trip economy class airfare to the meeting, hotel accommodation, and a small stipend to offset incidental expenses.
The program provides fellowships for up to five individuals per IETF meeting. ISOC will be putting out a call for candidates, including through ISOC chapters, at least 3 months before an IETF meeting. A small selection committee comprised of individuals knowledgeable about the IETF will evaluate the applicants against selection criteria and make their fellowship recommendations.
Fellowship recipients will have an obligation to present or otherwise share their experiences at the IETF meeting they attend with their local community and to provide feedback on their experience to ISOC so that the program can be continuously improved. An ISOC Fellowship Alumni Network will be established to extend the fellows IETF experience and relationship-building opportunities after the meeting.
BGP: The Movie
Statistics on Internet resources have been animated to provide a high-level overview of the consumption and use of IPv4 addresses and AS numbers since 1983. The animated video also clearly shows the effect of Classless Interdomain Routing (CIDR) and Regional Internet Registries (RIR) allocation policies on consumption rates and routing. This animation was developed by Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) staff members, Geoff Huston and George Michaelson.
Internet Governance Articles and References
APNIC is also maintaining a collection of articles and references on Internet governance to help the community understand the issues and stay abreast of developments.
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