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Beauty lies in the ‘domain’ of the highest bidder

Parminder Jeet Singh
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http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/Beautylies_TheHindu_Param_sept242012.pdf
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2012
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Beauty lies in the ‘domain’ of the highest bidder

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Media Articles

Icann, the global authority dealing with domain names, is hastening the threat of monopolisation on the Internet through its new scheme
to sell generic words (like .beauty, .books, .search). IT for Change wrote an opinion piece in a leading English newspaper daily about how Icann is getting away with the problematic plan of putting up parts of our language up for privatisation. A day later, the daily published an editorial piece endorsing the same, which can be read here

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Comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the upcoming expiration of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

2009
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Advocacy Statements

In 2009, IT for Change(ITfC) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the imminent expiration of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  The submission calls for the U.S. to forgo its unilateral control over critical Internet resources, as ITfC considers the Internet to be a global public resource that should have equal participation by all countries and people in its governance.

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Internet governance and development agenda

Gurumurthy Kasinathan, Anita Gurumurthy
2008
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Commentaries

This article authored for the 5 April 2008 issue of the Economic and Political Weekly  articulates the political contestations surrounding the governance of the Internet and explores how governments from the global South can challenge the dominant neo-liberal ideologies that shape the existing cornerstones of Internet governance.

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Gurumurthy Kasinathan, Anita Gurumurthy
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Is the Internet Really Free of US Control?

ITfC
October
2016
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Media Articles

The article critically examines US government's withdrawal from direct oversight over ICANN, and argues that the jurisdictional controls over ICANN that the US retains means that ICANN can hardly be said to have become independent of the US state.

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