Whose Internet is it?

Anderberg, Ken
August 2005
Communications News;Aug2005, Vol. 42 Issue 8, p4
Trade Publication
The article discusses the views of the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush on Internet ownership. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), it does not intend to turn over control of the Internet's root servers in 2006 as previously agreed. Issued June 30 and timed shortly after a report from the Internet Governance Project,which suggests that the current unilateralist role of the U.S. is detrimental to the Internet, the DOC now says the U.S. government … will maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file. At issue is the current U.S. government control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for such Internet tasks as address space allocation and domain name system management. The Internet Governance Project, a consortium of academics, has recommended an international agreement defining the powers of ICANN and replacing U.S. government supervision with international supervision. It also has recommended reinstatement and strengthening of the at-large membership of ICANN, as well as shared responsibilities between ICANN and the International Telecommunications Union.


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