ICANN to Become More Independent

Ainsley Jones

According to The Register, the U.S. government is set to cede control of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) this week when its pact with the Internet governing body expires.

 

The Joint Project Agreement (JPA), which currently governs some of the government's relationship with ICANN, is due to expire at the end of the month. The new "affirmation of commitments" is due to go into effect the day before the JPA expires.

 

According to the Economist:

 

[The agreement] gives ICANN the autonomy to manage its own affairs. Whereas prior agreements had to be renewed every few years, the new one has no fixed term.
The agreement sets up oversight panels that include representatives of foreign governments to conduct regular reviews of ICANN's work in four areas: competition among generic domains (such as .com and .net), the handling of data on registrants, the security of the network and transparency, accountability and the public interest-the only panel on which America will retain a permanent seat. But there are no penalties if ICANN fails to heed its new overseers short of a termination of the accord.


Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post

Post a comment

 

 

 

 


(Maximum characters: 1200). You have 1200 characters left.

 

 

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.


 

Resource centers

Business Intelligence

Business performance information for strategic and operational decision-making

SOA

SOA uses interoperable services grouped around business processes to ease data integration

Data Warehousing

Data warehousing helps companies make sense of their operational data