ICANN at 15 and California’s New Political Blogger Rules
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It was a special treat to go inside ICANN and meet with John Jeffrey, ICANN’s longtime General Counsel to talk about where ICANN is today and some of the issues it is facing. This includes
- the growing pressure for ICANN to internationalize;
- the progress they are making on moving forward with new gTLDs;
- ICANN Labs; and
- reforming the WhoIs registry.
As interesting as ICANN is, however, the segment ends with an interesting story John relayed about visiting a South African school during ICANN’s most recent meeting in Durban. It vividly illustrates the potential of the internet to transform – even in Africa.
ICANN’s next international meeting will be in Buenos Aires, Argentina (often called the Paris of South America) November 17-21, 2013. For more information click here.
Cal FPCC Chair Ann Ravel on Political Blogger Disclosures
Last week the California Fair Political Practices Commission adopted new rules governing disclosures for payments to bloggers in California races – something its Chair Ann Ravel had talked about with us in May 2012 when what was then a “trial balloon” appeared to be a “lead ballon.”
Her success in moving forward on this proves she is a force to be reckoned with – except not in Sacramento for the time being. Yesterday she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to take over as Chair of the Federal Election Commission.