EU Pushes for Independent ICANN

Kara Reeder

EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding is asking that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers be separated from its U.S. government links and made fully independent, reports Reuters.


ICANN currently operates under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Commerce, but that agreement expires at the end of September.


According to Computerworld, Reding is urging President Barack Obama to agree to a


"new, more accountable, more transparent, more democratic and more multilateral form of Internet governance."


She has suggested that the organization become completely independent. It could be overseen by an independent judicial body, as well as a "G12 for Internet Governance" to discuss Internet and security issues.


Says Reding,


"In the long run, it is not defendable that the government department of only one country has oversight of an Internet function which is used by hundreds of millions of people in countries all over the world."

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May 13, 2009 11:24 AM Jens Jens  says:

I find it interesting that Viviane Reding wants to make it more democratic.  Is it not democratic now? She says it is not defensible that it is controlled by one country.  Are there any complaints based in fact as to why it is not working (please do not give me any emotional rhetoric on this one, spare me!). 

Lastly, it currently works, it is available to all, and no one is being restricted or controlled on the internet.  (though I do think the current proposal that an "Internet kill switch" be given to the president of the US is not just ludicrous, but a real show stopper.  Clearly the administration is being influenced by intellectually stunted politicians).   In this case, I feel that while it may seem unfair to those who wish to control it (the Chinese, the Russians, the Arab radicals because they want to restrict it) no one has any real reason to complain. 

Frankly Viviane, find something worthwhile to complain about and fix and do not focus on what works and what is fair for all.  If congress and the president implement the "internet Kill Switch" I promise, I will change my tune.   


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