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Who We Are
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation in America and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry.Learn More
The Internet Infrastructure Industry is under threat by a number of different forces. The U.S. Federal government has reassigned Copyright protection online to the Department of Homeland Security and is drafting laws that subvert due process and bring great risk to U.S. based web hosts and their clients. Learn More
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Join the i2Coalition to amplify the noise we can make to fight for policies that matter to those of us who provide the nuts and bolts of the Internet. Not a day goes by that someone in Washington doesn’t discuss important issues like privacy, patents, cybersecurity, and computer crime. The i2Coalition needs your support to make our voices heard.Learn More
Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) David Snead has been appointed to the Department of Commerce and USTR Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Information and Communications Technologies, Services, and Commerce (ITAC 8).
As one of the 16 industry committees providing trade policy advice to the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR), ITAC 8 consists of a wide range of Internet and telecommunications leaders. David, an influential thought leader on Internet law, is an excellent addition.
In 2012, David co-founded i2Coalition with the mission of promoting policies supportive of continued growth of the Internet. His position in ITAC 8 not only ensures that the interests of the Internet infrastructure industry will be heard on trade policy but also speaks to the vital role these companies play within issues of U.S. economic concern. David is one of a few — if not the first — representatives of the Internet infrastructure industry to be appointed to this esteemed committee.
“The Internet is a global resource that fosters innovation, creates jobs and fuels economic growth. A comprehensive trade policy that considers Internet issues is crucial to ensuring its future success, ” said Christian Dawson, Chair and Co-Founder of i2Coalition. “I am thrilled David will be representing the Internet infrastructure industry in these important conversations.”
In addition to being a member of i2Coalition’s executive board, David is an attorney having broad legal experience in issues that face the Internet economy. In this role, he works exclusively with companies and individuals involved in the Internet infrastructure industry. For the past 20 years, David has provided general counsel services to companies — from Fortune 500 to startups — in different stages of success and in numerous countries.
ICANN53 has come and gone but a lot of exciting things occurred that we want to share the developments with our members and everyone else interested in the future of Internet governance.
We humbly present you the second and final installment of our Guide to ICANN53: The Recap.
(For those of you who missed part 1, you can check it out here!)
i2Coalition held a meeting, facilitated by ICANN and NTIA.
…to share the i2C perspective with key Congressional staff from the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, House Energy & Commerce Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee. We discussed ICANN and the IANA transition and educated them on the role our members — many which are small to medium sized businesses — play in building the framework of the Internet.
Big news on the ICG proposal.
During ICANN53, the community-based working group on the naming-related functions of the IANA transition (CWG-Stewardship) submitted its proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).
ICG is now finalizing its proposal – molding the names, the numbers and the protocol proposals into one. While this process will most likely take longer than the September 30th deadline, it marks the end of NTIA’s contract to oversee IANA. A finalized proposal is slated to be done by ICANN’s next meeting in October in Dublin.
The CCWG-Accountability proposal is closer to completion.
The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) completed another round of community input during ICANN 53. Understanding how vital accountability is to ensuring a successful and working IANA transition, the conference included much discussion on how global community members can work together to ensure the accountability proposal addresses the many components of the multi-stakeholder model.
Once both the ICG and CCWG-Accountability proposals are submitted to the U.S. government, NTIA will have 60 to 90 days to review. This will be followed by an additional 30 legislative days for Congressional review as a final sign-off, thanks to the DOTCOM Act. The DOTCOM Act has passed the House and will likely pass the Senate without any changes. In addition to requiring Congressional review, the DOTCOM Act allows for a short-term renewal of NTIA’s oversight past the September 30th deadline to ensure the transition is not rushed. We are and will continue to track this legislation closely.
During ICANN53, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé presented a helpful graphic that outlines the phases of the IANA transition. We’re currently in Phase 1 but we will likely pass into Phase 2 by ICANN54 in October.
Our road to the finish line of the USG stewardship transition. #ICANN53 #IANASteward pic.twitter.com/3xPkmpRiB4
— ICANN President (@icann_president) June 22, 2015
Comments are now closed on the GNSO’s Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group initial report.
The new gTLD program has made great progress.
During ICANN53, ICANN’s Global Domain Division Vice President Akram Atallah announced that 660 out of 1,277 strings applied for have been approved, 318 strings have been contracted and an additional 259 are in contracting negotiations.
While this program is a huge success for ICANN, universal acceptance still remains a looming concern.
During the public forum, board members were not moved to help gTLD operators market new names, which currently have low registration numbers. i2Coalition – and other community members – have continuously fought for universal access of all domain names. Low registration numbers of new names creates a vicious circular cycle as technical devices and services are unwilling to ensure universal access to all domain names if demand is low.
ICANN 53 was a success, but there is still a lot of work to be done. i2Coalition will continue to work with ICANN, community members and other stakeholder to promote policies that will allow the Internet – and the many businesses that make up its infrastructure – to thrive and grow. We’re looking forward to ICANN54 in Dublin!
Patent reform remains critical to the US economy.
While patent troll abuse cuts across the economic spectrum, injuring retailers, realtors, fast food businesses and the tech industry alike, their blackmail tactics are especially lethal to technology start-up companies. Remember, even when a defendant beats a troll, a business has no way to recoup the million dollar (or more) costs of defense. We must eliminate this exploitation of the patent system to protect all businesses. We must provide a meaningful alternative to paying the troll toll.
Our colleagues at Engine have launched a site dedicated to the issue: FixPatents.org.
Engine Advocacy – Fix Patents
They have also produced a fun animated short in collaboration with Everything Is A Remix and others:
Rise of the Patent Troll: An “Everything is a Remix” Special Presentation
Read some of the stories about the real costs of this behavior in Engine’s patent stories booklet here: