US cuts cord on internet oversightHere come the long knives?
AFP•October 1, 2016
When an agreement with the US Commerce Department runs out, ICANN will become a self-regulating non-profit international entity
When an agreement with the US Commerce Department runs out, ICANN will become a self-regulating non-profit international entity (AFP Photo/Andrew Cowie)
Washington (AFP) - The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.
The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet's so-called "root zone."
That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet's "stakeholders" -- engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups.
The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to "privatize" the internet, and backers have said it would help maintain its integrity around the world.
US and ICANN officials have said the contract had given Washington a symbolic role as overseer or the internet's "root zone" where new online domains and addresses are created.
But critics, including some US lawmakers, argued that this was a "giveaway" by Washington that could allow authoritarian regimes to seize control.
Saturday, October 01, 2016
Brave New Web
Thus it begins:
It's a sin: Now, we have no idea whether the pope is referring to Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer (we're guessing he doesn't keep...
The regulators are still at it: Using the "altFEC" twitter account, one of several "alt" sites set up by government work...
Were they the ancestors of piano players? The brain circuits that led to two-sided tools and weapons such as hand-axes and cleavers are the ...
They really are after everyone's job: The study found that 42 percent of UK consumers believe their job is likely to be replaced by a ro...