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1 Governing the Commons: The Future of Global Internet Administration An Overview of the Issues Hans Klein Chairman of the Board, CPSR School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

2 The basic issue: Shared resources Highly centralized system Shared set of unique names and addresses Shared root server

3 Shared resources require Shared administration (governance) Institutional design Effective: to insure system stability Legitimate: prevent abuse of power Representation Transparency and Accountability

4 History 1970s-1980s -- Jon Postel (IANA) Internet Society (ISOC) Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) IAHC-MoU Green & White Papers Nov ICANN

5 Recurring Problems Lack of consensus Lack of due process Meteoric growth exacerbates problems

6 ICANN Administration of shared resources Representation Board of 19 Root server Shared registry Accredidation of registrars

7 Controversies: Legitimacy No elected board Closed meetings Dismissive of critics

8 Controversies: Substantive Decisions Fast action on policies Conditions for accredidation Fees Country code top level domains Dispute resolution policy

9 Current Issues Finances Sustainability of privatization Lawsuit? Stability of technology

10 At-Large Elections Individual users 9 board seats Democracy in cyberspace Legitimate? Role of CPSR


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