(The Hosting News) – The Internet Infrastructure Coalition, an organization providing an integral voice for the web hosting community on internet-related issues, announced its intention to attend the upcoming ICANN meeting in Durban, South Africa. The event is set to occur July 12th through the 19th.
The i2Colaition, however, is no stranger to ICANN. It’ll mark the group’s third trip to such a meeting; that’s despite the fact that the group just launched in September of last year. Representing the organization is i2Coalition Co-Founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson.
“Vast changes in Internet governance are being planned and our support for what works is crucial now. While ICANN’s role is traditionally limited to domains, its role in Internet governance is expanding. However, domains do make up a crucial part of the Internet ecosystem that i2Coalition companies help create and we plan on having a voice in how ICANN continues to operate,” explained Dawson via a blog post.
Dawson, meanwhile, signaled that he’d be looking to find a “permanent home” for the i2Coalition within ICANN. “At this time, we see a paucity of engagement from the Internet ecosystem that the i2Coalition represents. Domain names play a significant role in the businesses of hosts, both in terms of new business opportunities, and the operations of their customers. Their businesses are greatly affected by the discussions at ICANN, but no specific home is currently afforded to them within the existing General Name Service Organizations (GNSO) constituency structure,” Dawson went on to say.
The i2Coalition’s formation notably occurred after controversial D.C. legislation including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIP) were shelved indefinitely by the U.S. Congress. The halting came after widespread opposition by groups including the Save Hosting Coalition, Wikipedia, Google and others.