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[liberationtech] <nettime> Milton Mueller: Core Internet institutions abandon the US Government

Andrew McConachie amcconachie at
Sat Oct 12 15:45:11 PDT 2013

On 10/12/13 3:10 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
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> The core Internet institutions abandon the US Government
While we should welcome attempts to move ICANN out from under the
control of the US Department of Commerce, let's also be aware that
issues Internet surveillance have nothing to do with managing the
Internet's number and name space.  The issues are unrelated.

It is a big deal if Fadi Chehadi asks the Brazillian president to
essentially 'turn the heat up' on the USG and move ICANN out from under
US control.  But I see no reason to believe this will transform ICANN
into the transparent organization that the citizens of the world need it
to be.  Brazil seems intent on leveraging all the outrage they can over
the Snowden leaks to push their own trade agenda.  I welcome Brazil's
attempts to decouple ICANN from US control.  But I'm tempering my
expectations given that I don't see many realistic alternatives to the
status quo regarding ICANN and who gets to hold the Internet's name and
number space reins.

The IGF conference coming up in October 22-25 should be interesting if
only for the political theatre it promises.  Get your popcorn ready and
prepare for the show ;)

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