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Comments on ICANN Strategic Plan from Cyber Conflict Studies Association

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  • Subject: Comments on ICANN Strategic Plan from Cyber Conflict Studies Association
  • From: "Sheri Donahue" <sdonahue@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 11:55:28 -0400

Dear Dr. Twomey,


The Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) is a U.S.-based non-profit
organization focused on understanding and establishing dialogue regarding
emerging issues of conflict in cyberspace, particularly the Internet.  We
understand the role ICANN has played in ensuring the unique identifier
system for the Internet.   We are glad to see ICANN put issues of security
and stability at the core of its strategic planning agenda.    The recent
events regarding cyber attacks in Estonia and the continuing attacks on the
Domain Name System infrastructure demand greater attention.  ICANN can and
should play a central role.


All governments, organizations and individuals who care about the Internet
as a global commons need to better orchestrate their efforts to ensure the
future Internet continues to be a global environment for economic vitality
and political dialogue.  CCSA believes that ICANN must continue its efforts
to deal with inappropriate uses of domain names and foster a dialogue on
security and stability across its broad stakeholder base.  Our explorations
regarding cyber conflict suggest that ICANN could usefully be joined by many
others in efforts to understand and manage a wide range of emerging
malicious uses of the Internet.   Both governments and the private
organizations need to find a way to more effectively support and fund
efforts to find technological solutions to limiting malicious activity,
building cyber security capacity in less advantaged regions, and develop
policy and legal frameworks to manage and limit conflict on the Internet.
The ICANN strategic plan can usefully explore how it could become a thought
leader in forming a foundation or other structures for bringing together key
organizations and their combined resources in such an effort.  The Cyber
Conflict Studies Association appreciates the opportunity to provide input
into the ICANN strategic planning process.  We hope to be a more active
participant in the dialogue in Internet security, stability and conflict
resolution and see ICANN as a future partner.  




Dr. James Mulvenon

Chairman, Board of Directors

Cyber Conflict Studies Association






Sheri A. Donahue

Executive Director/President

Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA)

(703) 772-2294


2425 Wilson Blvd.

Suite 240

Arlington, VA 22201-3326







Attachment: CCSA Comment on Issues for ICANN Strategic Plan.pdf
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