Sam Dickinson

Sam Dickinson

Internet governance consultant & writer
Joined on August 6, 2010
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Samantha Dickinson is a writer and public affairs consultant who specializes in Internet governance analysis, development and representation of stakeholder positions in multi-stakeholder Internet-oriented discussions. Over the past decade, she has gained wide experience in:

<li>Representing the technical Internet community positions in Internet governance forums</li>
<li>Developing technical community positions for intergovernmental Internet-related forums (particularly ITU and CSTD)</li>
<li>Writing and editing Internet governance and technical documentation</li>
<li>Supporting the community’s efforts to develop Internet policy, from helping community members develop their policy ideas into written proposals, through to the community consensus-building phase, and finally through to implementation</li>

Except where otherwise noted, all postings by Sam Dickinson on CircleID are licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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The Importance of Contributing to the ITU CWG-Internet Open Consultation by 1 August 2013

The Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet) was established as a result of resolutions at the 2010 ITU Plenipotentiary to discuss a wide range of Internet issues that had public policy implications... These are all issues that concern all stakeholder groups in the Internet ecosystem. And, indeed, these are all issues being discussed in varying levels of detail by all stakeholder groups. The difference with the CWG-Internet, however, is that both its documents and meetings are closed to all non-Member State representatives. more

The RIRs in a Post-IPv4 world: Is the End of IP Address Policy Making Nigh?

IANA's IPv4 pool was officially exhausted in early 2011; Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are gradually eating through their remaining IPv4 reserves and, although there will always be a trickle of recycled IPv4 addresses coming through as businesses go bust or ISPs move entirely to IPv6, the bulk of RIR IPv4 activity in future will be maintenance of existing allocation records... While IPv6 is definitely the way of the future for the Internet, the sheer size of the IPv6 address pool, combined with simplified allocation policies that have deliberately reduced barriers to entry, means there are very few organizations that can't get IPv6 directly from the RIRs these days. more

The CSTD WG on IGF, Multi-Stakeholderism, and Short Deadlines

One of the many Internet governance discussions currently taking place is at the CSTD Working Group on improvements to the IGF, which is due to have its second and final meeting on 24 and 25 March 2011. Despite an unpromising beginning, with only governments on the Working Group (WG), it is now a multi-stakeholder environment, with the technical, business and civil society represented at the WG and genuinely welcomed by governments to participate in the WG's deliberations. more

ITU, the Internet, and a Very Contentious Footnote

I was part of a small APNIC delegation that attended the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-10) with a limited Sector Member role as an observer. Our aim was to be available to ITU Member States with questions on IP addressing issues and to follow Member State discussions on the ITU's role in Internet governance issues. Four adopted resolutions at PP-10 were of particular relevance to Internet management, of which one was new: "Facilitating the transition from IPv4 to IPv6". more