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US Commerce Department prepares to give up oversight of ICANN

     
9:24 am on Mar 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

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http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/ [online.wsj.com]

U.S. Plans to Give Up Oversight of Web Domain Manager

The U.S. government plans to give up control over the body that manages Internet names and addresses, a move that could bring more international cooperation over management of the Web, but will make some U.S. businesses nervous.

The Commerce Department said Friday it plans to relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, which manages a number of technical functions that serve as signposts to help computers locate the correct servers and websites.
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The U.S. government’s plan to give away authority over the Internet’s core architecture to the “global Internet community” could endanger the security of both the Internet and the U.S. — and open the door to a global tax on Web use.

“U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away — especially in return for nothing,” former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller. “This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.”

[dailycaller.com...]
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Bump... must be the weekend. Is anyone not concerned about this giveaway? Really?
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tangor - I cannot say what I really feel about this on this forum..

When I visited the Colosseo/Colliseum in Rome, I wondered how many people attending the games in 400 AD could see what was happening to Rome? Out of the 80,000 spectators on any given day, I doubt 1000 of them could see the impending doom.

One of the comments in Bill's article says "treasonous".. I suppose "Insane" would also be appropriate.
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...see the impending doom


What's the impending doom? The US has been controlling the UN equivalent of the internet. The rest of the world does exist, you know.
1:31 am on Mar 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

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The US has been controlling the UN equivalent of the internet. The rest of the world does exist, you know.


What UN equivalent? Not from day one, that I know of. As a US citizen I'll be the first to say I don't trust my government these days, but I'll trust it more than any others... for a while. And yes, the rest of the world does exist... and daily news reveals how well that is going.
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A big mistake.

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the new governance model must ensure that Icann is free from government influence. The plan must also fulfill several other conditions, such as preserving the security and stability of the Internet while keeping it open and free from censorship.


If they can deliver that, it sounds like an improvement.
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FYI, the invention of the Internet is not a U.S. invention any more than the English language is(n't). Its inventor is British and he first worked on it at CERN by the French/Swiss border: [davidgalbraith.org...]

That doesn't make it British, French, Swiss or European either... which is the whole point of this development.
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Though I do wonder if the alternative will be better, considering the direction of the latest I.T.U. meetings
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It seems like it is a tragic mistake of the US to give up one of the only small controls on the internet hackers, copyright thieves, and cyber terrorists. I feel Russia and China bullied the US into this using Snowden type propaganda.

What are Google and Facebook saying about this? It seems no one is talking about it...
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FYI, the invention of the Internet is not a U.S. invention any more than the English language is(n't). Its inventor is British and he first worked on it at CERN by the French/Swiss border


Wrong, Tim Berners-Lee invented the WEB, the INTERNET predated the web and WAS a US invention.

Any way how invented it is irrelevant - unless you are prepared to follow the logic through and argue, for example, that Britain should control the worlds railways and jet aircraft etc.
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very good decision, well done.

And yes, the rest of the world does exist... and daily news reveals how well that is going.

the u.s. are in no way a role model these days. neither in democracy, nor personal freedom or equal rights and chances. what's worse, citizens are less cosmopolitan and indoctrinated from an early age with patriotism and nationalism - besides religion one of the main reasons for the trouble in the world we're facing.
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I am curious Brett Tabke thoughts on this!
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Insane is the right word. The U.S. govt is not super honest or perfectly stable but out of all the countries in the World is one of the best to protect freedom and fair play. We are not perfect but giving away the stability is not smart. Does not matter if current admin is liberal / conservative - politics aside...this is crazy. The silence in the media and among large Internet giants is even crazier.
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MS is in favour of it:

[blogs.technet.com ]
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Regarding "... the new governance model must ensure that Icann is free from government influence ..." - it is; of course, impossible to ensure being free from government influence. The suggestion is indicative of naivety (at best) or deceit (at worst).