The issue of ICANN’s lack of a robust conflict of interest policy is a hot topic here at the ICANN meeting in Dakar.
A few days ago, I sat in a meeting here in Ottawa with our IT Director and Director of Marketing and Communications, and witnessed something missing when trying to acheieve mutual understanding, from this I began to see parallels in areas that have an even more direct impact on the Internet ecosystem like at a recent meeting for the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) in Dakar.
I attended the ISP Summit in Toronto and I experienced (and want to share with you), this toast that was proposed by Timothy Denton, who is a commisioner of CRTC, in regards to the announcment of the CRTC's deciison regarding usage-based billing.
I spent some time reflecting on the activities that happened at Canadians Connected 2011 on my way back home to Ottawa.
Last week, I was in Nairobi for the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The IGF brings together governments, private sector, academia, and civil society in an informal, democratic and transparent structure. There are no mechanisms at the IGF to make binding decisions; its objectives are simply to facilitate dialogue and find solutions to policy issues, to foster the sustainability and robustness of the Internet, and to facilitate development.
The phrase "The medium is the message" (from Canadian, Marshall McLuhan) popped into my head last week as I listented to the opening speakers at the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi. What does this have to do with the Internet?