American Government Gives ICANN Limited Independence: The Economist

The future of ICANN is the focus of this article in The Economist, who says the day before the expiration of the Joint Project Agreement on 30 September, the American government will put into effect a new accord “whereby America will pass some of its authority over ICANN to the ‘internet community’ of businesses, individual users and other governments.”This new agreement with the American government will, according to The Economist, be four pages long and be called an “affirmation of commitments”. It will also have no expiry date unlike previous agreements.The report also notes “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.”To read this report in The Economist in full, see:
www.economist.com/businessfinance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14517430

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