Monday, October 12, 2009
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The body responsible for managing the development of the internet, Icann, has cut its umbilical cord to the US government, a move the European Union has been demanding for four years.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees domain names – the .com, .eu, .org and so on at the end of a web address – as of 30 September will no longer be subject to review by the US Department of Commerce.
Instead, independent review panels appointed by Icann Governmental Advisory Committee (Gac) and Icann itself with the involvement of governments around the world. will perform this task.
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Since 2005, the EU has been calling for reform of the governance of the internet, saying that the internet is a global resource and should not be tied to one national government – a position echoed by many other countries and a number of companies.
In June of this year, the European Commission raised the volume on the issue, publishing a policy document that an independent judicial body be set up, which information society commissioner Viviane Reding described at the time as a “G12 for internet governance,” which would serve as a “multilateral forum for governments to discuss general internet governance policy and security issues.”
Wednesday’s move comes close to satisfying the EU demands, and Ms Reding welcomed the development.
This article was posted: Monday, October 12, 2009 at 9:34 am