US cuts cord on internet oversight

When an agreement with the US Commerce Department runs out, ICANN will become a self-regulating non-profit international entity (AFP Photo/Andrew Cowie)


Washington (AFP) – The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.

The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet’s so-called “root zone.”

That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet’s “stakeholders” — engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups.

The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to “privatize” the internet, and backers have said it would help maintain its integrity around the world.

US and ICANN officials have said the contract had given Washington a symbolic role as overseer or the internet’s “root zone” where new online domains and addresses are created.

But critics, including some US lawmakers, argued that this was a “giveaway” by Washington that could allow authoritarian regimes to seize control.

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One response to “US cuts cord on internet oversight

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    The internet issue involving ICANN, was in the works and brought out in 2012. The US Congress had plenty of time to intervene but, failed. Why? Because privatization, stuffed money into pockets, that’s why.
    If we examine the logic behind releasing the internet to private corporate hands, then why not release welfare, into private corporate hands? Why not release refugee entitlement (what a damned farce against taxpayers), into corporate hands thus providing indentured servants directly to, corporations.