Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Jun 2009 15:57 UTC
Internet & Networking The relationship between the United States government and ICANN, the private non-profit corporation which oversees the assignment of domain names, has often been a thorn in the eyes of the European Union. A recent document issued by the European Commission again advocates a change in internet oversight - but at the same time, the document also states that ICANN has actually been doing a pretty good job.
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RE: UN Oversight?
by Evan on Sat 20th Jun 2009 18:08 UTC in reply to "UN Oversight?"
Evan
Member since:
2006-01-18

Actually, after further reading, it looks like this is a tremendously bad idea.

I think a lot of people who read OSNews are from western countries with a pretty decent background in networking and understand the internet better than anyone who wrote this document.

This plainly looks like an attempted power grab by foreign countries (understandable) and not something that would be under UN control.

Having worked abroad on IT projects extensively, the lack of experience in the more nitty-gritty aspects of networking and how the internet functions would most likely cause disastrous committee-based concessions and implementation parameters.

Whoever came up with creating ICANN in America was an absolute genius in that it doesn't have to answer to congress or any other politically run technically ignorant group. This has probably more to do with the internet's success in the last decade than about anything else.

What this document could do which would be a good thing, is perhaps get ICANN to develop backup root zone servers for ipv6 (to calm anyone with legitimate concerns about ICANN being a US nonprofit) that are hosted by the EU and other developing countries.

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RE[2]: UN Oversight?
by Radio on Sat 20th Jun 2009 18:33 in reply to "RE: UN Oversight?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Except if I am mistaken (or too naive), the EU does not attack the ICANN and ask for more meddling in its internals, but rather would like somebody else than the US gov. deciding if the ICANN is good enough to have its bail renewed. Well done, it could lead in fact to a reinforcment of the independance of the ICANN.If the ICANN does not have to answer the US Congress, it would not have to answer the UN (or anybody else oversighting) either, if that should happen.

From the EU document:
"Continuing to pursue an exclusively ‘back-seat’ approach to the development of international
Internet governance practices is therefore not an option. However, this does not mean that
governments need to have any stronger role in managing or controlling the day-to-day
operation of the Internet.
"

Edited 2009-06-20 18:36 UTC

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RE[2]: UN Oversight?
by Lennie on Sun 21st Jun 2009 07:50 in reply to "RE: UN Oversight?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Their are rootservers around the world, their isn't any problem their:

http://www.root-servers.org/

It's the controlling body people have problems with.

Edited 2009-06-21 07:56 UTC

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RE[2]: UN Oversight?
by Soulbender on Mon 22nd Jun 2009 13:52 in reply to "RE: UN Oversight?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Having worked abroad on IT projects extensively, the lack of experience in the more nitty-gritty aspects of networking and how the internet functions would most likely cause disastrous committee-based concessions and implementation parameters.


Funny, that's exactly how I feel about the arrogant western asses who come over here and think they know everything when they actually don't. (Note: I am a westerner)
Also, much of Europe and Japan, for example, is a lot more ahead than the US in terms of internet deployment, research and understanding.

Edited 2009-06-22 13:52 UTC

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