The internet's main governing body for the control of domain names has indicated a further shift away from its US roots as it gears up for a London meeting in December to discuss internet governance.
In a press conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) Fadi Chehadé publicly stated that the internet governance debate, while brought to public attention by the Snowden revelations, is nothing new and has been going on for years within Icann.
Chehadé said that “it has always been envisaged, including written into the founding agreements, that the special relationship between Icann and US government will become more global in the future, and less focused on one government. So there’s nothing new here.”
ICANN 48 is currently ongoing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
One of the primary issues on discussion, is the single most important question: Who gets to run the Internet?
Currently, the Internet is the direct evolution of the US-created military network. The US still retains the supreme governing of it.
Recent revelations on the PRISM mechanism, a surveillance system created by the NSA, have made other nations quite nervous.
This nervousness is expressed in the initiative, driven by ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé, which aims for a decentralized Internet, away from US command.
The conference to discuss this in detail, is going to take place in Brazil in April 2014, most likely on the 23rd and 24th.
Brazilian tech media, are covering the event today extensively – some excerpts via automatic Googl
First Written by Jean-Christophe Nothias Editor in chief, The Global Journal on huffingtonpost.com
We were only a few among media to realize, back in 2012, how arrogant and powerful was the US over its dominance of the Internet, and not just its control over the root servers and the domain name management. Policy making was at stake! Since December 2012, we know it as the US 120-member delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) left the room where over 190 nation states were convene to discuss terms of progress over agreement in international telecommunication connectivity.
Its major reason was: "We do not want to see the word 'Internet' appearing in an updated telecommunication intergovernmental treaty. If the US accepts this, freedom of expression over ...
Internationalized domain names (IDNs) which are Internet domain names containing at least one label that is displayed in software applications, in whole or in part, in a language-specific script or alphabet, such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Tamil or the Latin alphabet-based characters with diacritics, such as French. They are stored in the Domain Name System as ASCII strings using Punycode transcription.
Within ICANN until recently, the Root Zone was limited to a set of characters conforming to US-ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) or "Latin" alphabets. This changed with the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), which introduced top-level domains (TLDs) in different scripts and enabled Internet users to access domain names in their own language
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By Loek Essers | 12 March 13
African domain-name registrars responded with mixed reactions to details of ICANN's initiative on the continent, saying that while they should now have increased access to the Internet governance organization, increasing the number of registrars isn't all that needs to be done. source
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- "China has a huge role to play in the global Internet. Without China and without complete Chinese participation in ICANN, ICANN frankly does not have a global legitimacy," Fadi Chehade, the newly appointed ICANN president, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
Chehade is travelling to Asia on Friday for the first time as the CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit private organization in charge of contentious policies surrounding Internet addresses. source
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