H2K2: ICANN – Global Control Through the Domain Name System and How to Escape

H2K2 (HOPE 2002) took place on July 12-14, 2002 at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Did you know that the entire Internet domain structure is controlled by a mysterious group called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)? Andy Mueller-Maguhn, longtime member and spokesman of Germany’s Chaos Computer Club and currently elected from European users to be on the board of ICANN, will explain the latest developments at ICANN and how the mixture of intellectual property and governmental interests affects the freedom of the Internet. Paul Garrin, founder of name.space and FREE.THE.MEDIA!, will talk about his initiatives to establish rights to access to the legacy ROOT.ZONE, from the historical antitrust action against Network Solutions in 1997 through the US Department of Commerce’s IFWP process (the predecessor to ICANN), and Name.Space’s $50,000.00 TLD application to ICANN in 2000 (ICANN kept the money and took three TLD’s previously published by Name.Space). The question is raised: Is there hope for seeking fair access to the legacy ROOT.ZONE through due process or is it time to treat ICANN as “damage” and route around it?

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