“Internet Villain” Stephen Conroy wants role on ICANN ATRT
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Australian politician behind censorship plan wants to be part of ICANN review team.
A politician who, together with his government, was named “Internet Villain of the Year” in 2009 by an ISP trade group, wants a role on ICANN’s Accountability & Transparency Review Team (ATRT).
Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband in Australia, submitted his nomination to ICANN on December 14.
Conroy is perhaps best known in internet circles for wanting to set up a firewall of sorts in Australia. Critics said his plan, originally pitched as a way to block child porn, was designed to censor a number of different types of sites.
In his nomination, Conroy states:
ICANN’s mission, and the management of the critical internet resources that underpin the efficient operation of the internet, is of paramount importance. It is important that the ICANN community take stock of its achievements to date, and build on those successes. An important part of this is the need to scrutinize ICANN’s transparency and accountability, and to develop proposals for improvements where appropriate. The Australian Government considers this to be an important part of the overall goal of improving and strengthening the multi-stakeholder model going forward.
It is for this reason that the Australian Government is seeking to directly participate on the second ATRT…
Australia submitted 129 early warning on new top level domains, more than any other country.