Thursday, November 06, 2008

ITU Challenges ICANN to Involve Governments

Rebecca Wanjiku writes on

The debate over the role of governments within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has taken a new twist after Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), labeled the ICANN Government Advisory Committee as "cosmetic."

The GAC is merely advisory, and ICANN may choose to take the advice or not, Touré noted at a public meeting in Cairo.

"The structure is weak, and I have discussed this with GAC Chairman Janis Kirklins before," he added.

With ICANN's claim that it is inclusive, Touré said, governments should be able to participate on equal footing as other ICANN constituencies.

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