Data Protection Day – data portability and the GDPR

Emily Taylor considers the area of data portability in the private sector in light of the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). What are the new rules of data portability? Only 15% of us feel that we have complete control over our data, and more than 30% of us feel that we have no […]

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ICANN, a Greek Tragedy in the making

ICANN’s board, for fear of anarchy or instability, is resisting community proposals to create a membership.  But if it succeeds, it may cause its own destruction, and that of ICANN. The situation has echoes of Greek tragedy. In Oedipus Rex, the Oracle prophesies that a newborn prince will kill his own father. Oedipus makes conscious […]

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Ofcom in denial over UK IPv6 failure

For the UK to reap the economic and social benefits of next generation technology, like the Internet of Things, we need plenty of internet address space.  The original addresses have run out, and we must implement IPv6. Experts say the UK has been more negative about the adoption of IPv6 than almost any other nation. […]

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Exclusive interview: ICANN GAC change at the top

In October 2014, the Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Heather Dryden of Canada, stood down after four years at the helm.  She and incoming ICANN GAC Chair Thomas Schneider of Switzerland discuss the role, the past and the future, and governments’ role within ICANN. Thomas Schneider, incoming ICANN GAC Chair What are you most looking […]

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5 things ICANN does well

Like a government, ICANN is easy to criticise.  You can take your pick: its insular, self-congratulatory leadership; its lack of real accountability; its inability to balance its finances or do operational things well. An observer might be forgiven for thinking that there is no good news here.  But that’s not true.  ICANN does plenty of […]

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