May 11, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
ICANN is a monopoly, said the EU's Commissioner of Information Society and Media Viviane Reding. In last week's video message, Reding said that when the current agreement expires on Sept 13, a new system should be devised.
"Much of the progress and creativity achieved in recent years has been the fruit of human ingenuity unleashed by the Internet's openness to innovation," she said, "but to continue reaping the benefits of the online world, the Internet must evolve on a solid and democratic base."
Reding proposed some changes in ICANN, which include:
As the Internet has a global dimension, said Reding, swift and efficient coordination is needed on threats to openness and other issues. She proposes a sort of G-12 for Internet governance,that meets twice a year to make recommendations to ICANN where appropriate.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.