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Net body issues plea for liberty

The overseer of the net's addressing system has asked the US government to be freed from official control.

Icann made the plea in a lengthy report sent to the US Department of Commerce.

The report will be the focus of a meeting to consider Icann's progress on objectives the US government set it in preparation for independence.

Icann argues these objectives have been achieved earlier than planned and now is the time for talk to turn into deciding what happens on independence.

Future focus

Paul Twomey, president of Icann, told the BBC news website that the process of meeting the objectives was "essentially complete".

The US government issued a call for comments on Icann's progress prior to the meeting.

Mr Twomey said the lengthy report was part of Icann's response to this request detailing its achievements.

The meeting marks the half-way point for the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) under which Icann was tasked to comply with a series of "responsibilities" deemed necessary for its release from official oversight.

The JPA grew out of the original Memorandum of Understanding that established Icann and signalled the beginning of the end for US control.

"The Board proposes that the JPA is no longer necessary and can be concluded," wrote Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of the Icann board, in the letter accompanying the report.

Added Mr Twomey: "Has the process of the MoU and JPA towards building a stable, strong organisation which can do this transition, has that been successful? The board is effectively saying yes."

Instead of creating more hoops for Icann to jump through, Mr Twomey said it was time for talk to move on and for thoughts about the future of the net body. Icann keeps an eye on the net's addressing system - the master directories of which site is where.

Work needed

Said Mr Twomey: "The JPA has been fundamentally achieved and what's more important is for the Department of Commerce and Icann to talk about what the next stage looks like."

But, he added, this did not mean that Icann's work was done.

"If the question is: 'Can Icann keep improving?' then, yes, of course it can but that's not the question," he said. "The time now is really to talk about what the final transition is going to look like."

In the future Mr Twomey said governments would still have a role in keeping the organisation informed about public policy developments but would not be able to dictate its agenda or development.

He said one of the principles Icann had worked towards fulfilling was freedom from official influence.

Icann is due to meet the officials from the US Department of Commerce in March. Anyone wishing to comment on its progress towards being a private body has until 14 February to let their views be known to the US government.
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Published: 2008/01/24 10:56:30 GMT




Safer Internet Day 2008

Schools from 46 countries are participating in the Competition where young students are invited to express their ideas about the safety on the internet and other related issues. On 12 February the European winners of the Safe Internet Day 2008 would be announced. 

AGEIA DENSI Argentina together with AGEIA DENSI International are planning an event to discuss about this issue. We will keep you inform about the future developments and we also hope that join the group AGEIA DENSI in Facebook.

Empowerment is key!
Safety risks exist wherever we are – at school or home, in the shopping centre, in the playground, or on the internet. They are, however, increased in the online environment by the fact that we can’t usually see who we are communicating with, probably don’t know who provided the data we are accessing, and online content comes without any quality assurance from a reputable publisher or editor. In order to compensate for this, we need to develop our information literacy skills and behave in a more discriminating manner when online.
Strangely enough, many people who wouldn’t dream of leaving their doors or windows unlocked at home simply throw caution to the wind when they are online. Young people often talk about losing all their inhibitions when communicating on internet or by mobile phone, and therefore behave very differently than they would offline.

People tend to act more irresponsibly and feel less accountable when they believe they are acting anonymously – little do they realise that all actions on the internet are traceable. Irresponsible online behaviour raises a broad variety of safety issues ranging from online bullying and risky encounters in chat rooms to fraud when shopping online.

What can you do to get the very best out of internet and avoid the pitfalls? Firstly, never give away any private information – don’t tell anyone anything that could help them identify or locate you. Protect your data by installing technical filters, anti-spyware and by using the recommended default safety settings on all your online equipment, from modem to mobile.

The web can be a source of Illegal & harmful content. Illegal content (child pornography, xenophobia, hate speech, racism, etc.) should be reported to your national hotline, member of the INHOPE association. Harmful content (undesirable content which is not necessarily illegal – e.g. adult pornography) can be reported to your national awareness node, member of the Insafe network.

Source http://www.saferinternet.org/
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