The Internet Governance Forum meeting in Rio de Janeiro wrapped up yesterday without much movement on the issue that rankles many people in the global Internet community the most: The disproportionate amount of control the U.S. is perceived to have over Internet domain matters. While the U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers too announced significant steps this week to make country-specific and local language-specific domains higher priorities, many IGF participants want ICANN to actually cede more control of such matters.
New ideas about how to make that happen did emerge at the IGF. A proposal from a Russian representative sought to have ICANN tasks delegated to the international community, but some fear that means only more governments around the world mucking up the process.
- The New York Times has this Associated Press story