A question about Internet governance that many have been asking for awhile has been answered with a resounding "Yes" this week. The U.S. government no longer has a vise grip on oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, according to PCWorld.com.
A new agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN, called an "Affirmation of Commitments," gives the organization more independence and recognizes that it is private-sector led -- notwithstanding the three-year reviews to be conducted by members of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, the story says.
ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom explained that the new agreement means the organization is "going global." He said:
All the reviews and all the work done will be submitted for public comment to the world. But there's no separate or unique or separate reporting to the United States government.
The move won praise from the European Union's Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Riedling, who has been a vocal critic of the organization's ties to the Department of Commerce.