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A tangled web by any other name...

So, salient data point one is that the Commerce Department of the United States, a trusted friend in all things both specifically and generally, has a contract with a non-profit named ICANN which expires soon.

Just like the issue of the GPS system, I imagine that some feel that the control of the internet by the US is akin to watching a potential runaway nightmare unfold. Every nuance that might otherwise be innocent turns into a molehill which might be well founded. I do not insinuate by this that the US has claimed the same rights for shutting down the internet should war break out as it has of its GPS system (notwithstanding its DARPA roots.)

So, Europe wants some control. This is logical. They want less US control. Sounds logical too.

Perhaps though, you are insinuating that letting the contract expire, without assigning it to anyone, to test the theories of Anarchy...let's go for it. I will get out my old Proudhom and Bakunin and we can have a real go at this.

Finally, this excerpt from that wiki place

On May 17, 2004, ICANN published a proposed budget for the year 2004-05. It included proposals to increase the openness and professionalism of its operations, and greatly increased its proposed spending from US $8.27m to $15.83m. The increase was to be funded by the introduction of new top-level domains, charges to domain registries, and a fee for some domain name registrations, renewals and transfers (initially USD 0.20 for all domains within a country-code top-level domain, and USD 0.25 for all others). The Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR), which represents the Internet registries of 39 countries, rejected the increase, accusing ICANN of a lack of financial prudence and criticising what it describes as ICANN's "unrealistic political and operational targets". Despite the criticism, the registry agreement for the top-level domains .jobs and .travel includes a US $2 fee on every domain the licensed companies sell or renew.[5]

Along with the successful negotiations of the .travel and .jobs namespace, .mobi, and .cat are some of the new top-level domains introduced by ICANN. The introduction of the .eu Top Level Domain to the root in violation of RFC 1591[nb 1], and the introduction of .asia are developments to watch.

After an extensive build-up that saw speculation that the United Nations might signal a takeover of ICANN[6], followed by a negative reaction from the US government[7] and worries about a division of the internet[8] the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia in November 2005 agreed not to get involved in the day-to-day and technical operations of ICANN. However it also agreed to set up an international Internet Governance Forum, with a consultative role on the future governance of the Internet. ICANN's Government Advisory Committee is currently set up to provide advice to ICANN regarding public policy issues and has participation by many of the world's governments.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 07:23:19 AM EST
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