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[6]: It is time
by harcalion on Fri 28th Jul 2006 10:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: It is time"
harcalion
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2005-07-12

I think for you English speakers this is a minor topic, but there're six thousand millions of people out there who can't write the name of their personal webpage in their own language (for example) because someone setting up the root nameservers decided that with prehistorical 7-bit US-ASCII characters it would be enough. Now we have some kind of workarounds for this, but they're hacks.

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RE[7]: It is time
by Tuishimi on Fri 28th Jul 2006 17:17 in reply to "RE[6]: It is time"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't see how that is the problem of the US "owning" the internet. Individual ISP's are the problem there. We maintain our own servers/sites. We have begun internationalizing our site, even tho' it is primarily for copyright use in the US... we still share responsibility in a group with other copyright organizations throughout the world.

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