ICANN CEO Cautions Against UN Takeover

The ICANN CEO and President, Rod Beckstrom, has cautioned against allowing the United Nations to take control of its functions.”If you think of that rate, or pace, in technology, it’s just a lot more rapid than most traditional forms of policy development would be suited to,” Rod Beckstrom, the organisation’s chief executive, told Reuters on Monday.Beckstrom told Reuters that he believes multilateral state control could make ICANN less nimble and therefore less likely to quickly develop technologies like Arabic-language domain names that feed rapidly expanding Internet demand.”It’s hard to imagine any replacement for (the current system), and I feel I can say that somewhat objectively because I’ve worked for government as well,” he said, adding such a decision would be up to ICANN’s board of directors.To read the Reuters report in full, see: