WIPO has announced a second 'domain name process' in which it appears WIPO will discuss the issues which even WIPO thought were too controversial for the first WIPO DNS process. As preparation for this second round of discussion, WIPO appears to have deleted all the working documents from the first process from its web site. Only the final report and the account of the regional consultations remain.
Even if other people may find it hard to learn from the first process, it is clear that WIPO itself has learned important lessons. So far at least, there is no mention of a pesky "experts group" this time -- so no fear of having a dissenting report! -- plus there appear to be no "regional consultations" scheduled for places that have large numbers of internet users -- nothing in North America, Japan, or Western Europe. Less danger of hearing something you might not like?
Of Governments and Governance, a paper delivered at a conference on "The Legal and Policy Framework for Global Electronic Commerce: a Progress Report".
My slides from a talk called "The Root of all Evil?" presented at the CPSR conference Sept. 25, 1999. Powerpoint .ppt file; or as HTML. CPSR has also posted an excellent summary of my talk.
A preliminary draft of my TPRC paper: Semi-Private International Rulemaking: Lessons Learned from the WIPO Domain Name Process (in .pdf format).
Some thoughts on how ICANN might introduce instant accountability by signing A Contract With The Internet.
I invite you to read version 1.0 of my Commentary on WIPO's The Management of Internet Names And Addresses: Intellectual Property Issues. Also available in a pdf version.
Unofficial (but very interesting)
Acrobat PDF version
This version has correct formatting, but inoperative hyperlinks.
Word Perfect 8
Correct formatting, working hyperlinks. Converts poorly to Word.
HTML version 1.0a
Imperfect formatting, working hyperlinks. Please note that due to differences between browsers, the paragraph numbering in the HTML version may differ significantly from the original.
revised Oct. 27, 1999
since counting restarted Nov. 10, 1999.
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