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    Friday, July 28, 2006

    ICANN can not, and so cedes Internet control

    The Register reported yesterday that, despite being:
    the internet's instigator and, since 1998, its voluntary taskmaster, the US government finally agreed to transition its control over not-for-profit internet overseeing organisation ICANN, making the organisation a more international body.
    In an unintentional irony it noted that:
    Ultimately, what came out of a gathering of the (English-speaking) great and the good regarding the internet was two things:
    1. That the US government recognises it has to transition its role if it wants to keep the internet in one piece (and it then has to sell that decision to a mindlessly patriotic electorate)
    2. That ICANN has to open up and allow more people to decide its course if it is going to be allowed to become the internet's main overseeing organisation
    I suppose if you are called ICANN you cann do pretty much anything including inventing new English verbs!

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