Rod Beckstrom, ICANNs ceo, called for governments and the ICANN community to cooperate in the fight against cyber crime. He did so at the ICANN meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, this week. A first step in a direction that could make the Internet safer for end users?
ICANN is a major player, with members and participants from across the globe. She can influence discussions as well as set examples, e.g. by making and enforcing policies that are leading for ICANN members. There is a distinct role for ICANN herself as law enforcement has discussed with her in the past two years. Fighting cyber crime is not only enforcing and prosecution, but also about making the life of cyber criminals just a little harder. ICANN and ICANN members have the possibilities to achieve this. Beckstroms claim that governments should be more collaborative may not be truly to form, but in the sense that priorities could shift more and seriously look into the cross border aspects of cyber crime, he may have a point.
It will take vision, courage and trust to build the bridges towards cooperation. If industry, governments and LEAs learn to exchange views, listen and learn from each other and adjust according to the lessons learned, life of criminals will be made harder, not stopped, but harder.
It doesn’t stop here. There are other, quite different, partners that need to be on board to. I hope to have more news on that in the coming months. We live in interesting times, but I’m sure you’d guessed that.
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 9 December 2010