ICANN and the Beijing Fellowship – As I see it

By: Sonny Zulhuda (ICANN Fellow)

Between 7-12 April 2013, I was granted a Fellowship to attend ICANN Global Meeting No. 46 in Beijing, People Republic of China. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a California-based corporation that administer the global Internet.

If you are new to ICANN, learn it more on its official page. For the Fellowship itself, learn about it at its official fellowship page. It is like an internship where a fellow will attend sessions, meetings and be engaged in discussions to learn, understand and exchange views about ICANN and the Internet.

As this was my second Fellowship after Singapore in 2011, I had some pre-existing plans and expectation in my mind before going to the meeting (For my blogs on the Singapore Fellowship, read here). Here are some notes:

Meeting old friends

Senior FellowsSome of my very good friends from the first meeting would also join this Beijing event. That is exciting to say the least. But then I also realised that those friends had before the Beijing meeting participated in at least another ICANN meeting either as Fellow or as a member of certain committees or supporting organisations in ICANN. That is a bonus for me, because I would learn from their experiences how they experienced being part of ICANN communities beyond the fellowship. I noticed some had joined the GAC (like Tracy, Sorina and Saso) while others took a position in their own ccNSO (Alejandra). Nomcom (Siranush) or regional At-Large Organization (like Natali and Naveed). I must say they have provided for us very good example :)

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The Starfish and the Spider

By: Sonny Zulhuda

“The Starfish and the Spider”, or so we were told about ICANN‘s uniqueness by Rod Beckstorm. This is also the title of the book by Rod, the CEO of ICANN, and his co-author that was generously given out to all the Fellows in one of the ICANN’s Fellowship meetings. I did not have chance to grab him after the forum and to get him sign on the book. But here I want to say a big THANKS for the beautiful gift!

The ICANN’s CEO deliberated about how ICANN works as a ‘bottom-up’, decentralized and multi-stakeholders organization. Even though this has been repeatedly mentioned by many previous speakers, to me his presentation wraps up the whole idea of how ICANN has been working.

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ICANN Fellowship – Notes and Nodes

By: Sonny Zulhuda (an ICANN Fellow)

Twenty-three fellows, from twenty countries, of five continents, of diverse background and affiliations, met and gathered in one room called Morrison in Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore every 7-9 morning from 19th to 24th June 2011.

Under the mentoring of one passionate soul Janice, they intensively learned about a new world famously known for its administration and management of the world’s Internet, and infamously known for its excessive use of acronyms and abbreviations (wink) — ICANN (well.. the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, that’s it). Uuh.. about the excessive acronyms, thank God they created the portal, see it here. ^_^

The ICANN Fellowship is indeed more than just the dawn meeting routine. In fact, in every day in the whole week, there were approximately not less than a dozen meetings, briefings or discussions that may go parallel to ensure the fellows are kept busy. At few occasions some fellows (like me) tried to make use of the Remote Participation facility to grab two or more discussions at once — which ended un-impressively mainly due to our incapability to basically follows two things at one time.

But we are all certain that this Remote Participation facility is there not without a reason. There are times where one could not be there but is willing to follow the discussion, retrieve the materials or even ask questions. And that is what has happened, efficiently! Isn’t that awesome?

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Domain name dispute: Sony Corp. vs Sony A.K. (an Indonesian blogger)

On Friday, March 12, 2010, a prominent Indonesian online news portal, Detik.com reported about a legal notice served by Sony Corp. against an Indonesian blogger by name of Sony A.K.

Sony Corp. claimed there is an infringement of their registered trade mark by the young blogger who registered and owns a domain name by name of http://www.sony-ak.com. My viewpoint on this issue was published in the same news portal on that day itself.

The article, as reported by Detikinet.com, quoted my view that the legal notice taken by Sony Corp. would unlikely be successful, judging from the three-point yardstick normally adopted in international arbitration cases involving domain name disputes as prescribed in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution (UDRP). This UDRP has been commonly adopted by international arbitration agencies at WIPO, ICANN and many others. Continue reading

[Petikan UU-ITE] Cybersquatting, HAKI dan Perlindungan Data Pribadi

Sonny Zulhuda: UU ITE does cover more than what its name implies. This e-commerce law (note the name ‘e-Transaction’ ) does not only cover contractual issues, but also others such as evidentiary aspects, content regulation, cyber-squatting, IP and personal data protection, and also range of cybercrimes, although some aspects are dealt with in more details than others. This is one reason why this Indonesia’s first cyberlaw is distinct from other e-transaction laws in major countries and that in the UNCITRAL model law. In this respect, India is notably having similar approach.

In the following excerpt, one can find that the law provides some ruling on the cybersquatting, domain names management, protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and the personal data protection. The last two issues are touched in very minimum provisions, likely due to different reasons. While it is quite clear that regulations on IPR is minimum due to the existence of specific existing laws, it is not yet clear as to the Parliament’s intention in prescribing very minimum provisions on personal data protection. One may argue that the law on data protection should be specifically drafted on its own in near future.

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Cybersquatting and Some Legal Concerns Surrounding Corporate Websites

By Sonny Zulhuda

Introduction

The corporate world today has grabbed the efficiencies of information and communications technology (ICT) in its maximum use. Regardless the size and area of industries, workplaces have been equipped with cutting-edge tools of the computers technology and connected to the Internet. With the adoption of electronic tools such as computers, Internet or Intranet, businesses have been operated more or less electronic way. Meeting notices are no longer served by printed paper, and personal data of employees and customers are no longer kept on bulk of papers previously stored in wooden or metal cabinets. In large extent, the electronic mail (email) and electronic storage have been used to replace traditional way of doing business.

Websites have now become a virtual address of companies. They are used to publish companies’ profile, products, promotions, activities, as well as interactive portals. In Malaysia, for public listed companies alone, there are already 225 public listed companies that have website for their business operations, ranging from merely informational sites to commercially designed and transactional websites (Source: Bursa Malaysia). Besides, more and more government agencies are also posting their websites in the World Wide Web.

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