Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Obama sees ICANN renewal as a mixed bag


Brendan Crovitz writes in the Wall Street Journal that the White House should renew ICANN’s contract, to keep control of domains outside authoritarian governments, link here. See Monday’s paper, p. A15. 
   
However, one solution would be to allow private companies to control root zones and tld’s in a manner similar to the Commerce Department.  This might actually help keep authoritarian countries out of the domain name mess, but it might also hinder other efforts to advance network neutrality.  It’s a mixed bag.  But with a geeky president, this ought to get done.

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