Saturday, November 05, 2005

Academics Take Sides in ICANN Tug of War

Gene J. Koprowski writes in eWeek:

The quest for political control over the Internet continues, as the U.N.'s World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia on Nov. 16 approaches.

This week, a group of academics suggested that there be a "denationalization" of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization responsible for running the Internet under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

But some law and public policy experts told Ziff Davis Internet that foreign calls for "denationalization" of the Internet are off the mark, and that stewardship of ICANN should remain with the United States.

The academics, all members of a group calling itself the Internet Governance Project, produced a policy concept paper [.pdf] this week that suggests what they term "neutral" ways to handle the issue of Internet governance.


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