ICANN Says US Gov't Should Let It Go Private, While US Wants More Control

from the this-won't-end-well dept

We were just talking about how the US government — despite existing concerns from pretty much the rest of the world that it already has too much control over ICANN — wants more control over the organization that manages the basic structure of the internet. It appears that ICANN is looking to go in the other direction. ICANN boss Rod Beckstrom has sent a letter to the US government asking to be set free. In the letter, Beckstrom notes that the original plan had always been to privatize ICANN, and that was supposed to happen 11 years ago. Beckstrom points out that same thing we noted, which is that foreign governments are concerned about US control over the internet, and they’re not going to look kindly on closer ties with the government. I have to admit that I’m intrigued what Beckstrom could do with an ICANN not under US government control. After all, he’s literally written an entire book on the power of distributed systems over centralized ones. It would be great if he really worked to turn ICANN into a distributed system that couldn’t be censored by any particular government agency.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Based on the decisions made at the last meeting (including approving .xxx domains) it is very unlikely that ICANN will ever be made private. At this point, they have proven not to be very good caretakers of things, specifically ignoring the advice of their appointed advisors, and against the will of many governments, including the US.


Anonymous Coward says:

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Don’t waste your money. The .XXX deal was constructed entirely to benefit the registrar, at the expense of the entire rest of the Internet.

The entire rest of the Internet has responded to this by beginning the process of blacklist and BOGUS’ing the entire TLD. Your .xxx domain will be absolutely worthless even before the zone goes live.

Chronno S. Trigger (profile) says:

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Actually, protesting the .xxx domain is part of why I want one. I don’t want to put adult content on it, I just want a regular domain that just happens to end in .xxx. It would be a clear sign that it’s just for the money, not for any child concerns at all.

It’s also to protest the idiots blocking an entire TLD. That’s just not a smart thing to do.

Anonymous Coward says:

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Actually, it isn’t a question of poisoning the internet. Rather, it is the opposite. Limiting free speech by forcing people to put porn only on these domains, and they allowing individual ISPs to deny their users access. Already Australia and India have indicated that they will block these domains, and it is very likely that many other countries will follow suit.

Can you imagine Comcast deciding not to offer DNS for these domains? Perhaps even blocking requests for them directly? After all, they are for adults only.

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