Internet administration to shift from U.S. to global stage

by Rachel Baker on March 15, 2014

This is a pretty interesting article about ICANN becoming a more global entity and administration of the internet possibly falling under the UN.

There’s a whole lot of behind the scenes posturing by people who probably don’t really under anything about the internet beyond what the lobbists tell them. Frankly, I believe domain name endings are going to become incredibly relevant, even if the different industries are having a conniption about it.

The U.S. Commerce Department is relinquishing its hold over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture amid pressure to globalize its functions in the wake of reports about NSA surveillance.

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a Commerce Department agency, said Friday it is transitioning the function to the “global Internet community.” The decision marks a dramatic change. Since the Internet’s inception, the United States has played a leading role in the management of critical back-end Web work, including management of .com and other domain names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has performed those functions under U.S. Commerce contract since 2000.

The United States will give up its oversight role when the current contract with ICANN expires in fall 2015, NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling said. He set out a series of four principles required for the transition, including that ICANN maintain the openness of the Internet. Some U.S. officials and businesses have expressed fears about the United Nations, or governments like Russia and China, taking over control of the Web.

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