Azara Blog: US wants to keep control of the internet addressing system

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Date published: 2005/10/01

The BBC says:

The US has rejected calls by European Union (EU) officials to give control of the net over to a more representative United Nations (UN) body.

Wrangling over who should essentially be the net police, managing domain names and net traffic routing fairly, has been going on for some time.

The matter is supposed to be discussed at November's World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia.

But at a pre-Summit meeting this week, the US said it would resist the plans.

In the meeting, the European Union (EU) backed proposals that control of the net should be under a more representative body.

"We will not agree to the UN taking over the management of the internet," said Ambassador David Gross, the US coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department.

"Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable."

Currently, the US Commerce Department approves any changes to the internet's core addressing systems, the root zone files, managed by Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

Last month the UN's Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) published its proposals for reform of the way the net is run, which are to be debated at the Summit.
The UN's WGIG has suggested four alternatives:

The UN World Summit on the Information Society takes place in Tunis, Tunisia, between 16 and 18 November.

More obstructivism from the US. The UN itself is probably not the best organisation to take this role on, but it is ridiculous that the US controls Icann. If the US continues down this path (and with the current hopeless bunch of hooligans running America it will), then do not be surprised if the rest of the world sets up a competitor to the internet as it exists today. Perhaps some keen Indian or Chinese entrepreneur will take this on board.

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