You think ICANN running the domain space is bad?
How about The European Commission (EC) controlling it?
Kieren McCarthy of Dot-Nxt just wrote about six, yet unpublished papers by the EC’s Information Society and Media Directorate-General which wants to have control over the domain space including:
- A government veto over any new Internet extensions
- The creation of a list of names, drawn up by governments, that would be banned from registration
- Significant structural changes at overseeing organization ICANN, including at Board level and in the crucial IANA contract
- An obligation for ICANN to follow governments’ advice unless deemed illegal or damaging to the Internet’s stability
- Two new bodies to oversee ICANN decision-making and finances
“”””Combined together, the measures would provide governments with de facto control over the Internet’s naming systems and bring an end to the independent and autonomous approach that has defined the Internet’s domain name system since its inception.”””
“””The papers also foresee that the enormous shift in power toward governments will happen within the next 12 months, with plans to formally raise or even implement suggested measures at meetings towards the end of this year, in particular ICANN’s meeting in Senegal in October.”””
At the end of the day someone is going to control the Internet.
Personally giving total control to a governmental body is the worst option that will leave stakeholders like domain holders totally out of the picture.
Check out Kieren full post here.