In response to ICANN's request for public comment on “Closed Generic TLDs," ITIF recommends that ICANN not attempt to classify certain strings as “generic.” Instead, it should retain its policy of allowing public comment on all proposed TLDs and address any disputes that arise through this process. Second, ITIF recommends that ICANN not impose open registration policies on TLD operators for non-legacy TLDs (e.g., “.COM”, “.ORG”, etc.), including any “generic” TLDs. Open registration policies would allow any member of the public to purchase domains from the TLD operator; closed registration policies would allow the TLD operator to set its own rules for who, if anyone, could purchase domains for a particular TLD.
Future of Voting Systems Symposium
ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro will be moderating the panel “Academics and Technologists Look at the Future” at the NIST/EAC Future of Voting Systems Symposium.
Winning the Race 2012 Memos: Digital Economy
We live in the Digital Age but are not tapping the full potential of information technology (IT). The advent of systems like intelligent transportation systems, the smart grid, and health IT offer vast opportunities to increase productivity and quality of life. But we need to overcome opposition from “digital Luddites” and parochial interests while also recognizing that government has a vital role as an early adopter and catalyst for advancing the digital economy. Impediments to this transcend party identification. Some conservative small business owners and liberal labor leaders might see innovative IT-based business models as a threat to their companies or workers. But as a general rule, Republicans want to take a light touch with regard to imposing regulatory burdens on the digital economy while Democrats are more willing to support public investment in key digital platforms. The next administration should recognize that we not only need a light regulatory touch but also a helping hand from government in key areas, while working to build on areas of consensus from elements of both parties, such as reforming laws regarding government surveillance of electronic communications and e-commerce taxes.
A Declaration of the Interdependence of Cyberspace
The ideas expressed in the Declaration are not only wrong today but were fundamentally wrong in 1996, says Daniel Castro, a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). For that reason, and because the Internet is more central to society than ever as a communication, information and economic development tool, Castro and ITIF are publishing, in the style of Barlow's original Declaration, "A Declaration of the Interdependence of Cyberspace," which replaces the call for sovereign nations to give up all claims of authority on the Internet with an even more radical call for these same political powers to work together to build the utopian vision of the Internet promised by its creators.