Do governments have too much potential power over ICANN, and do they need reining in before the US cuts itself loose?
It’s a question that’s emerging given the recent decision of the United States government to remove itself from stewardship of the domain name system root zone.
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration may have no intention of allowing other governments to replace it as overseer of the IANA functions, but that doesn’t mean that governments won’t be able to abuse their powers in future under ICANN’s existing structures. Read more
Earlier this week, I posted from Singapore on the challenges we face in designing the transition of IANA functions from the US government to the global multistakeholder community. Now, let’s consider how a programmer would design new mechanisms to accomplish this transition…
It’s clear that the US government is intent on dropping its legacy contractual role for the IANA functions. Whatever your views on the wisdom or timing of that decision, the challenge now is to ensure that the transition leaves ICANN in the best possible position to succeed.
Arriving yesterday to the island nation of Singapore felt strangely appropriate. Over the past week I’ve been one of the lonely people in the ICANN community to express concern about the US government’s decision…
Americans created, built, and advanced the Internet, while leading the effort to protect it from censorship or discriminatory taxes and regulation. But now the U.S. government is releasing a big part of its stewardship role, leaving it to others to chart a path that keeps the Internet secure, stable, and successful.
Last week the Commerce Department announced that it would relinquish control of its contractual authority over the Internet’s global addressing system. Continue Reading
Argentines use the word “quilombo” to describe “a real mess”, which is what I feared was awaiting us at the outset of ICANN’s meeting in Buenos Aires this week. Since then, ICANN President Fadi Chehade has done a good job cleaning-up the internal process quilombo he and the board created.
- Steve DelBianco speaks about IANA Transfer at Congressional Internet Caucus Committee EventApril 11, 2014 - 3:14 pm
- NTIA Secretary Strickling – Supporting Use Cases and Stress Tests for IANA TransitionApril 11, 2014 - 11:57 am
- Spring 2014 iAWFUL List – Consumers in the CrosshairsApril 9, 2014 - 9:04 am
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