Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Jul 2006 22:04 UTC
Internet & Networking 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. Update: Ars contradicts El Reg's claims: "Contrary to some reports, things are not about to change. After a meeting at the Commerce Department, Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, John M.R. Kneuer, said that the existing arrangement was likely to continue, at least for another year."
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RE: This has gotten retarded
by b00gie on Fri 28th Jul 2006 01:19 UTC
b00gie
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2006-06-09

if everything is fine why US dont cooperate to make that better? :/ u know... democracy is always a better state.

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RE[2]: This has gotten retarded
by rayiner on Fri 28th Jul 2006 01:31 in reply to "RE: This has gotten retarded"
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

How is the US controlling the root name servers undemocratic? I understand what you're trying to get at, but the US not letting others control the root nameservers isn't any more undemocratic than not allowing foreigners to vote in US elections.

I think what you mean is that international cooperation is better than the lack thereof, which is an argument that can be made.

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Matzon Member since:
2005-07-06

"How is the US controlling the root name servers undemocratic?"
By vetoing the .xxx case ?

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RE[2]: This has gotten retarded
by ormandj on Fri 28th Jul 2006 01:33 in reply to "RE: This has gotten retarded"
ormandj Member since:
2005-10-09

Make *what* better though. Giving every country who wants it control of a portion of the root zone file or whatever isn't going to make my surfing experience any better, nor is it going to improve yours. It does have the potential of making it worse though. The only reason for the change is idealogical, it makes countries _feel_ better to have some control over things. I can understand that, I'm human, and I enjoy control over my life. I just don't know why the sudden media blitz and all this backlash and urgent DEMAND for it to occur *yesterday*. Nobody has given any good reasons yet, and there are plenty of reasons why it may not be a good idea in the short-term. It's a neutral idea in the long-run, it really makes no difference, just short term consequences might cause issues (I want to avoid those, personally.)

To be honest, I don't care if the control gets split to 200 countries or not as long as:

a) It continues working just as well, or better
b) Nobody screws with censorship or anything dumb like that
c) I don't have to pay more tax to support another foreign governing body (UN being a good example.)
d) People will stop WHINING about it/about the USA.

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mario Member since:
2005-07-06


To be honest, I don't care if the control gets split to 200 countries or not as long as:

a) It continues working just as well, or better
b) Nobody screws with censorship or anything dumb like that
c) I don't have to pay more tax to support another foreign governing body (UN being a good example.)
d) People will stop WHINING about it/about the USA.


Totally agree. If you want to see how this would NOT work well, just look at those countries, that are free and democratic, and yet, you can't get a domain unless you have a company? What utter bullshit.
Whatever you might think about the US, .com, .org, .net domains are available to EVERYBOD, whether they have a company or not, whether they are citizens of the US or not - in fact, even Saddam can register his domain under .org, if he wishes so.

So in spite of any criticism you might have of the US, their internet domain policies beat those of my beloved country Finland (for example. There are much worse, also).

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