[Ccwg-auctionproceeds] For your review - updated version open internet definition / description

Daniel Dardailler danield at w3.org
Mon Sep 4 11:04:45 UTC 2017

How about this for a start.


The concept of “Open Internet”, as referred to in the CCWG objectives 
statement, can be described at many levels, e.g. technogical, business, 
political, etc, and in particular, at the societal level:

   An Open Internet is one where all people are empowered to contribute 
and to participate in building a worldwide culture that opens our hearts 
and minds by respecting differences. It is an Internet (i.e. a network 
of networks) that we, the people of the world, recognize as ours  — 
something we have built together for one another

At the technogical level, openness refers to how easily machines can 
connect to each others and how stable, scalable, and secure the network 
is. The IP routing and numbering systems, the DNS, or the Open Standard 
process, have historically been serving an Open Internet because of the 
opportunities they have provided to participate, innovate and compete 
without artificial impediments (e.g. patents, walled-garden).

At the policy level, supporting the Open Internet happens when for 
instance governments put in place regulations that promote, support, 
facilitate and guarantee equal connectivity at prices affordable to all 
members of society, together with education and training efforts toward 
making the next generation more Internet savvy.

In an ideal world, an Open Internet is one where no control or 
impediments are placed based on the sender, recipient, content, 
application or type of data being transmitted.

 From that broad description, the CCWG has considered the parts of the 
Open Internet that:
   - are aligned with the overall ICANN's mission and core commitments
   - are in need of funding for more development support
   - are creating value-added for the Open Internet at large
   - are consensual enough so that they do not endanger the ICANN 

<and here we need to apply our CCWG "filter" regarding layering, shared 
value, political issues, etc>

On 2017-08-31 22:44, Marika Konings wrote:
> Dear All,
> Hereby attached the updated version of the open internet definition /
> description which incorporates the comments and suggestions that were
> submitted since the last version. As there are a number of definitions
> / descriptions that have been put forward so far, are there any
> volunteers who would like to take a stab at coming up with a draft
> that brings the different perspectives together and addresses the
> different comments and contributions to date which the CCWG could
> review during its next meeting?
> Best regards,
> Marika
> _Vice President, Policy Development Support – GNSO, Internet
> Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) _
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