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US Agency Lines Up Broad Support For ICANN Transition ( 64

An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: A U.S. agency has lined up broad support for its plan to end the government's oversight of the Internet's domain name system, despite opposition from some Republicans in Congress. The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Thursday released statements of support for a plan to end its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Among supporters of a plan, developed by the ICANN community, to transition ICANN's domain name coordination functions to a multistakeholder governance model are, Google, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association. NTIA on Thursday announced it had reviewed the community proposal and found it meets the agency's criteria for allowing the ICANN privatization plan to move forward. The community plan maintains the openness of the Internet and maintains the security and stability of the DNS, said NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling. It does not replace NTIA's oversight with another government organization, he said, although that's been a fear of some critics of the NTIA plan. On Wednesday, Ted Cruz proposed a bill, the Protecting Internet Freedom Act, that would prohibit the U.S. government from relinquishing its role with respect to overseeing the web's domain name system (DNS), unless explicitly authorized by Congress.
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US Agency Lines Up Broad Support For ICANN Transition

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  • by martinux ( 1742570 ) on Friday June 10, 2016 @02:11AM (#52286691)

    In which we recognise the benefit of the bill to society is inversely proportional to how beneficial the name of the bill suggests it is.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 10, 2016 @02:52AM (#52286755)

    Well, some Democrats also oppose this bill. So, I guess there is opposition from both Democrats and Republicans, but you only mention the Republicans, presumably to make them sound "evil". Congratulations!! You've officially arrived as a member of the press!!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    On one hand, the US actually has abused its control over DNS. It has revoked domain names for political reasons.
    On the other hand, there is good reason to believe other countries would be even worse.
    Ultimately, I think ICANN is a weakness in the internet architecture that should never have existed. Rather than handing it over, it should be abolished altogether.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    That word community. Sounds caring sharing doesn't it? ICANN is technically a non-profit. In reality it's been a huge gravy train for all aboard. You can see that in all the ridiculous top level domain names they've spat out which have created a lot of confusion and added no real value but lined the pockets of ICANN's staff and partner businesses. So let us ditch the bullshit pure and simple: these latest changes are new ways for them to make money.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The system is working and working fine. If other countries want to manage a DNS they should build their own Internet.

  • ICANN became a corporation - in every meaningful sense of the word - some time ago. They stopped acting like a government organization long ago and have focused on profit for years now. The "leaders" of ICANN entered into a machine that was fairly effective and orderly, now they have created dysfunctional chaos and arbitrary mish-mash instead. While the government isn't a fix-all, a cat walking across a keyboard repeatedly could make decisions that would be equally as beneficial as the idiots running ICA

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