The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers manages core Internet resources: domain names and IP addresses. Its technical function puts it at the center of all debates on Internet and applicable laws. Its corporate liability across over 190 jurisdictions lies at the hands of Bryan Schilling, ICANN’s first Consumer Safeguards Director. Bryan will share his expertise of over 15 years in international law and government affairs, working on data privacy and technology issues in the global law enforcement and security space, talking to faculty and students at University of Lodz.
There are over 190 distinct, sovereign, jurisdictions that operate within the lines on a map that define the scope of their power to pass laws and regulations as to what happens within those lines. On top of that, some of these jurisdictions are further divided and empowered to pass their own local laws and regulations, such as in Germany, Canada, Australia, and the United States, where we have 50 states empowered to create their own laws. So just estimating, we are now probably over 300 distinct areas on our map that are defined by the lines governing their power. We could keep going, but regardless of how high we go adding in provinces, counties, cities, etc. one number will remain constant and that is the one Internet that cuts across all of those lines.
We’ll examine some of the local laws and trends that could lead to a fragmentation of the one Internet. Specifically, we'll look at:
Overview of the DNS And ICANN
- The Domain Name System and Over the Top providers: Social Media, Search Engines, media and content.
- ICANN’s role in the Internet
- Responsible for maintaining the security and stability of the Domain Name System and Unique Identifiers.
- Phone book of the Internet.
- Governed by a bottoms-up, multistakeholder, global community, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and contracts with Registries and Registrars.
- DNS Abuse
- Abuse of the DNS cuts across all jurisdictions and harms end users, erodes trust, impacts commerce, and individual security. Examples of DNS abuse within ICANN’s remit include.
- Malware, botnets, phishing, etc.
- Areas of DNS abuse outside of ICANN’s remit, but of which monitor because of it’s impact on end users include:
- Copyright and IP infringement
- Pharmaceutical sales
- Content (Bylaws prohibit us from regulating content, so why do we care about laws impacting it?)
- Attempts and successes by governments to regulate content inside their borders leads to a fragmentation of the borderless Internet. Will examine a few as examples:
- RTBF, Copyright Directive, SESTA, India, Indonesia, Spain (Catalan)
- Dark Stormer and shutting down pro-Catalan domains (May not touch this one in Madrid.)
- Are there some forms of content that we should all agree are universally abhorrent?
- Child abuse
- The Internet is a huge component to international commerce, but some efforts impact the ability of commerce to grow.
- Cloud computing versus data localization.
- Internet governance methods?
- Local laws and regulations?
- International agreements? – Treat like outer space and international waters?
- Multistakeholder models
The meeting is open to all, no need for prior registration. After Bryan's presenation he'll be happy to answer questions from the audience.