[At-Large] ICANN's US jurisdiction

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Wed Nov 9 01:56:07 UTC 2016


As you know, the issue of jurisdiction of ICANN is under consideration
at ICANN's community process (in the accountability track where there is
a sub group discussing this issue). ICANN is currently meeting in
Hyderabad, India, from 3rd to 9th November.

Today, on the last day of ICANN's Hyderabad meeting, the enclosed
statement was issued by key Indian civil society organisations engaged
with Internet governance issues, supported by two key global networks
involved in this area. The statement expresses the urgent need for
transiting ICANN from being under the jurisdiction of one country,
presenting the rationale of why this is important to do. It also lists
some possible options of doing so, towards beginning a serious
action-oriented deliberation on this very important matter. Unlike what
is often understood, the jurisdiction issue is not just a matter of
sovereign prestige and self respect of the states but concerns vital
matters impacting people's rights. This is especially so as the society
gets more and more digitised in all areas.

We welcome comments and feedback.

The statement has been issued by the following Indian civil society

_Centre for Internet and Society <http://cis-india.org/>_, Bangalore

_IT for Change <http://www.itforchange.net/>_, Bangalore

_Free Software Movement of India
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Software_Movement_of_India>_, Hyderabad

_Society for Knowledge Commons <http://www.knowledgecommons.in/>_, New Delhi

_Digital Empowerment Foundation <http://defindia.org/>_, New Delhi

_Delhi Science Forum <http://www.delhiscienceforum.net/>_, New Delhi

_Software Freedom Law Cent_er_ India_, New Delhi

_Third World Network - India <https://twnetwork.org/>_, New Delhi

It is supported by the following global networks:

_Association For Progressive Communications <https://www.apc.org/>_

_Just Net Coalition

<http://justnetcoalition.org/> We will soon expand this effort to enlist
more global support.

Best, Parminder





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