Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Jul 2006 15:42 UTC
Internet & Networking This week, The Register ran a story on how the US supposedly had given up its 'control' over ICANN. ICANN, the body which assigns IP addresses and domain names worldwide, currently falls under the US Commerce Department via a contractual agreement; this means the US government can control ICANN. El Reg claimed the US had given up this control; Ars was quick to respond, stating that "the existing arrangement was likely to continue, at least for another year." Since the US had stated that it wanted to fully privatise ICANN by 2000, we'll have to wait and see what ICANN looks like in a year. In the meantime, do we really want the US to open up ICANN?
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compatibility
by arpan on Sun 30th Jul 2006 17:00 UTC
arpan
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2006-07-30

Railways across the world are not compatible. You can't just take a train from one country and run it in another country with modifications.

The best thing about having a single authority deciding things, is that everything remains compatible, ie, I, from India, can access OSNEWS a US site, without any problem.

If each country built their own networks with their own standards, this would be very difficult to maintian, having to build seperate compatibility gateways between the different internets.

I don't have much respect for the UN, since all they do is quarrel, and don't really do anything about the people that are suffering (example: in Africa), and I don't see a single example of what they could do better than ICANN.

As far as I'm concerned, if it isn't broke, don't fix it unless you have a really really good reason.

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