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.
"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."