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Old 01-14-2016, 12:04 PM
 
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Internet set to cut cord with US government this year

A plan to end a key US government oversight role on the Internet is on track for completion this year, the head of the online address gatekeeper said, in a symbolic move towards asserting the independence of the web.

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If the US government approves the plan, "then the contract between ICANN and the US government which is set to naturally expire on September 30 will just expire," Chehade said in an interview Wednesday in Washington.

Chehade said the private non-profit ICANN is effectively a "traffic cop" that ensures the Internet address system functions, and that the US government's role has been merely to ensure that it follows correct procedures.



I guess to me, this means ICANN will have no oversight and what will matter is who is controlling that group. Hopefully some reasonable accountability will remain.
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Internet set to cut cord with US government this year

A plan to end a key US government oversight role on the Internet is on track for completion this year, the head of the online address gatekeeper said, in a symbolic move towards asserting the independence of the web.

...
If the US government approves the plan, "then the contract between ICANN and the US government which is set to naturally expire on September 30 will just expire," Chehade said in an interview Wednesday in Washington.

Chehade said the private non-profit ICANN is effectively a "traffic cop" that ensures the Internet address system functions, and that the US government's role has been merely to ensure that it follows correct procedures.



I guess to me, this means ICANN will have no oversight and what will matter is who is controlling that group. Hopefully some reasonable accountability will remain.
I think this is the most proper thing to do. The US government just wanted to make sure the organization carried out proper procedures. I don't see any reason of having any government involved.
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