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US cedes control of the internet - but what now?

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    Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:24 AM

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    In a meeting that will go down in internet history, the United States government last night conceded that it can no longer expect to maintain its position as the ultimate authority over the internet.

    Having been the internet's instigator and, since 1998, its voluntary taskmaster, the US government finally agreed to transition its control over not-for-profit internet overseeing organisation ICANN, making the organisation a more international body.

    However, assistant commerce secretary John Kneuer, the US official in charge of such matters, also made clear that the US was still determined to keep control of the net's root zone file - at least in the medium-term.

    "The historic role that we announced that we were going to preserve is fairly clearly articulated: the technical verification and authorisation of changes to the authoritative root," Kneuer explained following an afternoon of explicit statements from US-friendly organisations and individuals that it was no longer viable for one government to retain such power over the future of a global resource.

    Despite the sentiments, however, it was apparent from the carefully selected panel and audience members that the internet - despite its global reach - remains an English-speaking possession. Not one of the 11 panel members, nor any of the 22 people that spoke during the meeting, had anything but English as their first language.

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      Posted 27 July 2006 - 01:06 PM

      well poo...
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        Posted 27 July 2006 - 07:07 PM

        Having created it, why the hell wouldn't we keep it??
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          Post icon  Posted 27 July 2006 - 08:32 PM

          The article states "(and it then has to sell that decision to a mindlessly patriotic electorate)". Does this mean it is not a totally done deal?

          I wish Bill O'Reilly would take this up on his show. Most in the US will never hear of this. I don't think that the governments of the world or "world government" want to see an open and free Internet where open discussion of ideas can take place. This spells the beginning of closing down the Internet and adopting censorship now present in China and other countries. So long Internet as we know it....
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            Posted 28 July 2006 - 02:19 AM

            Slightly different perspective here:

            BBC.technology

            US 'may give up' some net control

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            The US government currently oversees the net's domain name system through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann).

            But at a hearing on Wednesday a government official said the US was "committed" to the transition to private domain name control".

            However, a policy statement issued last year asserted the US would not give up its oversight domain names like .com.

            These root domain names include .com, .net and .org.

            Icann, a California-based not-for profit company, was given the task of coordinating and managing the domain name system in 1998.

            This includes the allocation of internet protocol numbers, the unique number given to every online device, as well as the assignment of domain names and deciding whether root-level names such as .com, .net or .org, can be added to the internet.

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