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ICANN: Observations from an Information Law Perspective


Urs Gasser


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society; University of St. Gallen

Herbert Burkert


University of St. Gallen, Research Center for Information Law

Florent Thouvenin


University of St. Gallen - Department of Law

Caroline Nolan


Independent

2011

U. of St. Gallen Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2013-09

Abstract:     
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was conceptualized in 1997 during an effort by the US Government to create a “private, non-profit corporation […] to assume responsibility for the technical management of the Internet Domain Name and IP addressing systems.”

Occasionally, the very characteristics that define ICANN’s model act as opposing forces and result in policy decisions that are not fully supported by the global Internet community. They argue that ICANN’s organizational structure inhibits its ability to fully meet its commitments to transparency and public participation. Thus, in the September 30, 2009 Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) agreement, ICANN established new grounds to review its obligations with regard to transparency, accountability, and public participation every three years.

Using an Information Law perspective, this paper examines the findings of this most recent review, with particular focus on the role of transparency deficits on the perceived legitimacy of ICANN’s decision-making processes. From this perspective the acceptance of ICANN’s decisions could be improved by increasing the transparency of the decision making of its Board of Directors and the visibility, accessibility, and impact of its public participation processes.

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Gasser, Urs and Burkert, Herbert and Thouvenin, Florent and Nolan, Caroline, ICANN: Observations from an Information Law Perspective (2011). U. of St. Gallen Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2013-09. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2196290 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2196290

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Urs Gasser
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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University of St. Gallen ( email )
Research Center for Information Law
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CH-9000 St.Gallen
Switzerland
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Herbert Burkert
University of St. Gallen, Research Center for Information Law ( email )
Varnbuelstr. 14
Saint Gallen, St. Gallen CH-9000
Switzerland

Florent Thouvenin (Contact Author)
University of St. Gallen - Department of Law ( email )
Bodanstrasse 6
St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland
Caroline Nolan
Independent ( email )
No Address Available
United States
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