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Remember that thing called the internet? Yeah, the one the US created and Obama gave away?

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Update:  I am glad to see some of the other (read bigger, more popular, more loved <sniff>) blogs are picking up on this.  Atlas Shrugs – US relinquishes control of the internet

Oh, goodie.  One more thing that weakens the US.  Now we bow to the EU and hand over control of the internet.  ICANN is no longer under US control.

If you don’t know, ICANN handles registrars.  These guys are the ones you buy domain names from.  If they think someone else should have your domain name, they can give it to someone else.  They also decide what the top-level domains(TLDs) are.  That’s the “.com” or “.net” part of a web address.

Because ICANN no longer answers to the US, domain names can be given over to whoever ICANN chooses if there is a dispute.  We are taking an organization from under the control of a country that has deeply ingrained, Constitutional protections for free-speech and letting it decide what it wants to do without oversight.

One good thing may come out of this.  Bush was dead set against the “.xxx” TLD for porn.  This was a really good idea that Bush opposed for all the wrong reasons.  His opposition to it did not stop porn, but giving them a TLD allows for easier blocking of porn sites by parents once its in wide spread use.

The US government is expected to relax control over how the internet is run when it signs an accord with net regulator Icann on Wednesday.

The “affirmation of commitments” will reportedly give Icann autonomy to run its own affairs for the first time.

Previous agreements gave the US close oversight of Icann – drawing criticism from other countries.

Earlier this year, the EU called on the US to relinquish its control and Icann to become “universally accountable”.

“The US government is the only body to have had formal oversight of Icann’s policies and activities since its inception in 1998,” it said.

“The Commission believes that Icann should become universally accountable, not just to one government but to the global internet community.

“This is particularly relevant given that the next billion of internet users will mainly come from the developing world.”

The current agreement between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) and the US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is due to expire on Thursday.

BBC NEWS | Technology | US ‘to loosen’ grip on internet

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