Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jan 2008 22:43 UTC
Internet & Networking ICANN, the group charged with overseeing the Internet's addressing system, has submitted a report to the US Department of Commerce in which it argues that the time has come to end US oversight. In October 2006, the Department of Commerce and ICANN signed the Joint Project Agreement, a three-year pact that extended Commerce's oversight of the body, while leaving open the possibility that the group would become independent as soon as April of this year. In the new report, ICANN argues that it has already met the requirements for independence and should therefore be freed from oversight.
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RE: and about time...
by rayiner on Fri 25th Jan 2008 17:13 UTC in reply to "and about time..."
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Yes, because we know how good global organizations are at maintaining freedom...

I don't think the internet is safe in the hands of an organization that has to answer to China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. There is far too great a risk of an international body bowing to pressure from these sorts of conservative societies and doing something stupid as a result.

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