INTERNET OVERLORD the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has asked the US to privatise it.
In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), ICANN's president, Rod Beckstrom, urged the NTIA to privatise ICANN, a move that he said should have happened over a decade ago. Beckstrom laid on the case by saying the security and stability of the Internet could be 'enhanced' by moving to a cooperative agreement.
ICANN handles a number of the core Internet duties such as running the Internet Asigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which divvies up IP addresses to various regional assigning bodies. The non-profit organisation also manages the top-level domain name space including the introduction of top-level domains.
Beckstrom said that the current arrangements ICANN has with the US Department of Commerce (DOC) "undermine global confidence in the security and stability of unique identifers". The arrangements between ICANN and the DOC have led some to accuse the US of controlling the Internet.
Many of the other points made by Beckstom address the issue of user confidence in ICANN. ICANN even suggests "narrowing the scope of the IANA functions framework", as a means of increasing "global confidence in the performance of these functions".
The cooperative agreement that Beckstrom referred to is similar to that which Verisign has for domain name service root zone management.
People will be wary of what effect privatising ICANN will have. However it seems ICANN is more worried that people view its relationship with the US government as a detriment to its credibility.
Whether this problem will be solved by devolving some of its powers to commercial entities is not entirely clear at this point. µ
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