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Re: [alac] At WSIS, last minute EU change on Internet governance

  • To: "John R Levine" <johnl@xxxxxxxx>, "ALAC" <alac@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [alac] At WSIS, last minute EU change on Internet governance
  • From: Izumi AIZU <aizu@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 17:06:15 +0900

Just to compliment,

First, I have been in Geneva since last Saturday and now I find
I should have reported to you guys about what is going on here,
though much are still up in the air and hard to predict/report.

The press articles, as usual, are not telling the entire picture,
it just big made exageration.

Even EU themselves is saying this is a "new position", it is not
that radically different from what they have put, just with
vague empahsis on government roles, with details on "principles"
which are not claer at all. In fact, some European Comission
member agreed that that was a kind of "mistake".

Therefore, this EU proposal is not getting that much acceptance
from others, pieces are perceived interesting, but not entirely.
Other "Western" countries made anther proposal much closer
to US position. Of course, India, China, Brazil, Iran had their
own proposals calling for government body to take control
of public policy matters.

NO one knows how PrepCom will conclude, and it is likely
that they will have to convene again, perhaps at Tunis.


At 02:31 05/09/30 -0400, John R Levine wrote:
The last pre-Tunis WSIS meeting has been going on in Geneva for the past
two weeks, and ends today.  According to today's Herald Tribune, yesterday
the EU changed its position on Internet governance:

  The United States lost its only ally late Wednesday when the EU made
  a surprise proposal to create an intergovernmental body that would
  set principles for running the Internet. Currently, the
  U.S. Commerce Department approves changes to the Internet's "root
  zone files," which are administered by the Internet Corporation for
  Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, a nonprofit organization based
  in Marina del Rey, California.

This makes it extremely unlikely that there will be a consensus
position to report out when the meetings end this afternoon.


There's a compilation of all the proposed changes to the report at

John Levine, johnl@xxxxxxxx, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, Mayor
"A book is a sneeze." - E.B. White, on the writing of Charlotte's Web

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