IGF: ICANN's influence mostly unchanged

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.

For more:
- The New York Times has this Associated Press story

 

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