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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“Mirror mirror on FB Wall… Should you comment of them all?!”

(CASE CHAT ON ONLINE DEFAMATION)

By Sonny Zulhuda

ImageThe online wall that you have on your Facebook or other social networking sites is not like a wall in your private bedroom where you can always at your own freedom stick things from your own photos to class schedules, to your favorite Football Club posters. Those things would remain as your “private’ enjoyment and view.

But things that you, or others, post on your social networking sites wall is not private. There are people who share such wall and are ready to read your posts every time you have something new.

So this is a rather common-sense thing; just be careful, mindful and.. don’t do fool!

Let me just share with you this incident:

“Retiree to pay RM100,000 over FB posts

It was reported by the Star on October 1st, 2011, that a retiree from Penang has been ordered by a High Court here to pay a total of RM100,000 in damages and costs to a private automotive technology training centre where his son had studied over three defamatory postings on Facebook.

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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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On Why Bloggers Rule and What Rules the Bloggers (An Abstract)

By: Sonny Zulhuda

The Internet is now a common platform of over one billion users in the world who exchange information, trade communications and transact commerce every now and then. This is the realization of what the website founders initially sought to achieve, i.e. a two-way communications in the cyberspace where writing information should be as simple as reading it.

At the heart of this phenomenon is now the website log – or blog. Blog is not merely a new technology, but it is now a trend. Individuals use blogs to express their feelings. Companies engage themselves in corporate blogging where they capture beneficial information to upgrade their services and achieve corporate objectives, and where marketers capture potential customers while they advertise for their products. And more pressing of all, blog is now an alternative to conventional media industry where individuals easily publish reports of incidents accompanied by their comments and views while getting rid of editorial and spatial barriers of conventional media. People have now often referred to online blogs to get information on ongoing incidents day to day. Given this situation, the luxury of information is now something of the past.

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Sistem ‘Co-regulatory’ Penanganan Konten Internet di Indonesia

Oleh: Sonny Zulhuda

Dalam menangani kelestarian berekspresi di Internet, diperlukan infrastruktur pengaturan yang bisa berbentuk self-regulatory (pengaturan sendiri) atau state regulatory (pengaturan via perangkat undang-undang oleh pemerintah).  Namun dari itu semua, yang ideal adalah dengan pendekatan sinergis antara semua pihak yg terkait, atau para pemangku kepentingan (stakeholders). Pendekatan ini biasa dikenal sebagai ‘pengaturan bersama’ atau ‘co-regulatory approach’). Bagaimana pendekatan ‘co-regulatory’ bagi isu pemuatan konten bisa dilaksanakan di Indonesia?

Di Indonesia, tindakan pemuatan informasi yang menimbulkan permusuhan/kebencian, misalnya, berdasarkan agama, dapat dikenakan sanksi berlapis di bawah Kitab Undang-undang Hukum Pidana (KUHP) dan UU No. 11/2008 tentang Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik (UU-ITE) dengan ancaman denda maksimal satu milyar rupiah dan/atau penjara enam tahun.

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Kebebasan Berpendapat dalam Internet dan Perangkat Penanganannya

Oleh: Sonny Zulhuda

j0341636Pada bagian lain kita singgung tentang munculnya persinggungan antara masyarakat informasi dan etika yang hidup dalam masyarakat itu sendiri (lihat posting ‘Masyarakat Internet dan Etika Sosial’). Pada kenyataannya, masih sering terjadi dimana-mana gejolak dan perselisihan yang melibatkan pemuatan konten yang dianggap melecehkan, baik itu dilihat dari aspek sosial, agama, budaya, politik, dan lain-lain. Isu-isu seperti ini datang silih berganti. Apakah gejolak ini merupakan kutukan bagi masyarakat informasi?

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