Story 2014-03-15 3G1 U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

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story imageFrom the Washington Post:
U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.

Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.

The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.
The announcement will move control of the authoritative root zone file, while ICANN will be moving toward multi-stakeholder control instead of the previous US exclusive control.
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the devil (Score: 5, Insightful)

by on 2014-03-16 00:17 (#K9)

You know or don't know. Which is better? I wonder if things will be better with the change?

It is so hard to anticipate what the internet/www will be in 5 years. I hope that sites like Slashdot, soylentnews, and pipedot are part of it though -- with thoughtful exchanges possible and public on difficult issues.

Re: the devil (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-03-17 18:27 (#MG)

I'm guessing we'll see a lot more censorship. Yes, the actual government-driven variety. Probably increased costs as each fiefdom requires businesses to conform to local laws

Re: the devil (Score: 1)

by on 2014-03-17 19:48 (#MM)

That seems like a reasonable projection of recent history. I'm hoping that we end up with a greater democracy through greater exchange though. Maybe things have to get worse before they get better.

This may not be so bad... (Score: 2, Funny)

by on 2014-03-17 21:24 (#MS)

If DNS is so important to the US government, they could quickly fork a replacement system.
As for the rest of us, most content is already fetched via indirection, so a censorfest in DNS may have negligible effect.