Help by sharing this information News Organisation September 29, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Maintaining status quo is lesser evil RSF_en Reporters Without Borders prefers a continuation of the status quo in international Internet governance rather than the creation of an inter-governmental system to replace the existing oversight by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a California-based non-profit.ICANN has until now supervised the Internet under a contract with the US government, but the contract expires tomorrow and so far no announcement has been made as to what will happen next.Perpetuation of the ICANN status quo is vying with alternative models including one proposed by Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for information society and media, who wants a fully privatised ICANN to be supervised by an Internet G12 that includes an independent judicial wing.“No one underestimates the risks of maintaining an Internet governance system controlled by a single entity,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “But, given the current lack of a better solution, we think it would be better not to meddle with this mechanism. The EU proposal to create a sort of Internet G12 strikes us as dangerous. If it were implemented, nothing would stop countries that censor the Internet domestically, such as China, Saudi Arabia and Burma, from doing everything possible to restrict online access at the world level.”Julliard added: “It is out of the question that governments that prevent their citizens from having unrestricted Internet access should tomorrow become the big shots in a worldwide Internet system. We prefer the current system which, despite its faults and weaknesses, has never threatened the free flow of online information. We therefore urge President Barack Obama not to rush into any decision that could do considerable harm to everyone’s right to unrestricted access to online information. The utmost prudence is required in this matter.”Created by the US government in 1998 and progressively privatised by President Bill Clinton, ICANN manages the system of Internet addresses that connects millions of computers around the world. It also oversees the top-level domain name system, the address suffixes such as .com, .org, .fr, .uk and .nk The status quo is criticised for giving a single government too much power over a worldwide tool in which the financial and political stakes are considerable. It does represent a risk but until now it has favoured the Internet’s development. In fact, ICANN’s supervision has posed almost no problems and has worked well until now. There is no reason to think it could not continue after tomorrow.Reporters Without Borders has expressed its view on Internet governance in the past (see the releases http://www.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=15564 and http://www.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=24352), and has always taken the position that making no changes to a fairly good status quo – to a network that is single and indivisible, as worldwide tool should be – is preferable to imposing a dangerous new model. The continuing neutrality, oneness and indivisibility of this worldwide network depend on its oversight. The Chinese government, for example, could create its own system of domain names and thereby prevent access to its websites from abroad and access to foreign websites from within China.
12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Business News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Make a comment Subscribe L-R: Abel Ramirez, Teena Hostovich and Darrell G. Brooke. Photo by Pasadena PlayhouseThe Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran Executive Director) announced today that three new members have been elected to its Board of Directors. Abel R. Ramirez, CEO of Ramirez-Bianchi Corporation; Teena Hostovich, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member for Lockton Insurance; and Darrell G.Brooke.We are thrilled to welcome three terrific new members to our Board,â€ added Sheila Grether-Marion, Chair of the Board for The Pasadena Playhouse. â€œAbel Ramirez, a long-time supporter and friend of The Pasadena Playhouse, rejoins us after a brief hiatus. His elegant catering helps make our events successful and his great nearby restaurant, El Portal, makes evenings out to our theatre complete. Teena Hostovich comes to us as a long-time supporter of our Diversity Project. A senior executive at Lockton Insurance, she brings a wealth of business experience and a broad background in philanthropic work. Darrell Brooke, a prominent estate planning attorney and philanthropist, assists clients who wish to create a legacy by designating the Pasadena Playhouse as a beneficiary of their estates. We are pleased and excited to have these multi-talented, generous donors join our ranks and support our mission to bring diverse and high quality performing arts entertainment to the greater San Gabriel Valley.â€Abel R. Ramirez was born in Yucatan, Mexico and came to Pasadena as a young adult. He started his long career in Food Service at The Huntington Hotel (currently The Langham) and The Athenaeum at CalTech. He has been the CEO of Ramirez-Bianchi Corp., which includes El Portal Restaurant, Yahaira’s CafÃ© and Vanessa’s Coffee House for over 18 years. He has been involved with and served on the Boards for Hillsides Home for Children, Playhouse District Association, Foothill Vocational Services, Latino Heritage and L.A. Food Bank. He was also just recently the President of the Board at Pasadena Senior Center. Abel has been married to Rosalia for over 40 years and has three sons and six grandchildren. Abel returns to the Board of The Pasadena Playhouse after a two-and-a half-year absence willing to continue his service to the organization and to the community.Teena Hostovich is Executive Vice President/Executive Committee member for Lockton Insurance. Recognized as a leading global authority on professional liability and complex risk. Teena was named one of 50 “Women to Watch” in 2007 by Business Insurance and was an honoree for â€œWoman Making a Differenceâ€ by Los Angeles Business Journal. Named Power Broker/Responsibility Leader in 2011, she also has been recognized by the California State Legislature as “Outstanding Corporate Woman” for her contributions to the community. Recently, she was named one of the Fifty Fabulous Women of Pasadena by Pasadena Magazine (May 2012) and Women of Influence of Pasadena in (April 2012). Her positive leadership, intellectual creativity, integrity and strong work ethic serve as an inspiration to young women she mentors. Actively involved in politics, Teena is Presidential Partner/Advisor to President Obama, a member of the Democratic National Finance Committee, and a member of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee. Deeply committed to organizations that make a difference in the world, her list includes: Board of Trustees – William J. Clinton Foundation; Huntington Hospital Strategic Planning Committee; St. Anne’s Board of Directors; Los Angeles Philharmonic Board of Overseers; Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Committee; Pasadena Arts Council Board; Pasadena Playhouse Diversity Committee; Opportunity International Board of Governors, Levitt Pavilions National Board and Flintridge Prep Board of Trustees. She is a CAP Mentor/Advisor, teaching career planning and development to USC Marshall School of Business students. She is honored to be named to The Pasadena Playhouse Board of Directors.Darrell G. Brooke, a partner in the Pasadena and Monrovia offices of an established law firm with over 80 years of tradition, is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning Probate and Trust Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Darrellâ€™s ties to The Pasadena Playhouse began with the creation of a scholarship fund by one of his clients for The Pasadena Playhouse Alumni and Associates over 20 years ago. Voted as a Southern California Super Lawyer and a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine, Darrell has dedicated his practice to estate planning for high net worth individuals and to serve the Pasadena probate court as a probate volunteer panel attorney in disputed elder law matters. Prior to joining The Pasadena Playhouse, Darrell served as President of the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena for 4 consecutive years, President of the Pasadena Quarterbacks for 2 years (including serving as host of the first Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony) and President of the Estate Planning Council of the San Gabriel Valley. He is a licensed Zumba instructor, teaching classes in Zumba Gold throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Darrell is the very proud father of Grayson Brooke, a nationally acclaimed television producer for the Bravo and HGTV networks.The Pasadena Playhouse Board of Directors, as of March 26, 2013 include:â€¢ Sheila Grether-Marion, Chair of the Boardâ€¢ David DiCristofaro, Vice-Chair of the Boardâ€¢ C. Anthony Phillips, Treasurerâ€¢ Linda Boyd Griffey, Secretaryâ€¢ Brad King, Long-Range Planning Committee Chairâ€¢ Lenore Almanzarâ€¢ Valerie Amidonâ€¢ Sheri Ballâ€¢ Darrell G. Brookeâ€¢ Elizabeth Doranâ€¢ Peggy Ebrightâ€¢ Michele Dedeaux Engemannâ€¢ Sheldon Eppsâ€¢ George A. Henningâ€¢ Teena Hostovichâ€¢ Darrell Millerâ€¢ Abel Ramirezâ€¢ Bingo Roncelliâ€¢ Lilah Stangelandâ€¢ Corky Hale Stollerâ€¢ Mike Stollerâ€¢ Martha WilliamsonFor more information on The Pasadena Playhouse, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. 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