U.S. cedes control over ICANN to the world

By on October 1, 2009, 2:40 PM
The not-for-profit organization which oversees the administration of the Internet, ICANN, has signed a momentous agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce that will reduce some of the country's say over how the network is run. This effectively pushes the California-based entity towards a new status as an international body, with greater representation from companies and governments around the globe.

Under the agreement, which enters into force today, expert panels will be created to conduct regular reviews of ICANN's work in several areas, including network security and stability; the evolution of generic domains such as .com and .net as well as domains based on non-Western characters; and the continuance of a public database of web site owners.

Although no immediate changes are expected the news has been well received by major players on the Internet. You can read more about the scope of this agreement here.

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polidiotic said:

Holy hell... what a huge step in the wrong direction...

First the UN, now ICANN... on the road toward the NWO - and you thought it was just a conspiracy theory. If you know anything about socialist/communist policies towards the use of the internet, this should bother you in certain ways... ways that do not tingle, but send shivers up your leg.

bsvols said:

Ahh, well... a (mostly) neutral and open internet was nice while it lasted. Between the "I know what's best for the world / I'll micromanage everything" socialist govs. in Europe and Asia, and the hate and destruction obsessed psychopaths in the Middle East, a free web will soon become just one more "good ole' days" story to tell our grandchildren.

polidiotic said:

You said it. ;/

Guest said:

Hows that Hope and change working for ya.

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