What could be more in line with American values than shamelessly exploiting a government-granted power for financial gain at the expense of everyone else?
ICANN has had its powers over internet domain names, IP addresses and protocol numbers renewed by the US Department of Commerce. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced late last night that it has continued ICANN's contract to run the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for the next …
Wait until the US wants something at the UN badly enough, which other countries could be persuaded over but haven't made their minds up. The ITU, which manages country level telephone dialling codes, would never allow this namespace to be polluted for private profit in the same way.
"The ITU, which manages country level telephone dialling codes, would never allow this namespace to be polluted for private profit in the same way."
Indeed not, because their tradition is to allow namespaces to be restricted to guarantee monopoly profits. Much as I deprecate the gTLD expansion that ICANN is launching, there's no reason to expect anything to be *better* if the ITU was in charge. It would just be differently bad.
What we need is a community-driven ICANN2 that manages things for the good of the Internet Commonwealth. That can only happen if both the ITU and the US Govt are out of the picture, and if commercial stakeholders are also excluded from controlling positions.
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