Monday, March 02, 2009

ICANN President to Step Down by Year's End

Grant Gross writes on ComputerWorld:

Paul Twomey, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since March 2003, will step down at the end of the year, the organization announced Monday.

Twomey told the ICANN board he does not want to renew his contract for another three-year term, he said in an ICANN statement. Twomey announced his departure during an ICANN meeting in Mexico City.

His decision to leave comes as ICANN, the nonprofit organization created in 1998 to oversee the Internet's Domain Name System, is moving away from long-time ties with the U.S. government. ICANN's long-time memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Commerce expires in September, and ICANN leaders have said they want to remove the perception that they are controlled by the U.S. government.

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