Poll: ICANN push for end of US Government involvement – Good or bad?

Two weeks ago, ICANN announced its intention to push for the end of the US government involvement in core Internet functions, with one purpose in mind: to discuss the transition period and the new overseeing body during ICANN49 in Singapore.


By doing so, the ICANN board, led by president and CEO Fadi Chehadé, presumably avoided any ‘nasty’ surprises during the upcoming Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, that will take place in São Paulo, Brazil on April 23rd and 24th 2014.

There is a growing resistance on the mere notion that the US is going to willfully ‘surrender’ the overseeing of key Internet functions; although the intention was set forth in 1998, a lot has changed since then in global politics; terrorism is on the increase, and the Republicans believe that President Obama’s administration is lacking in the implementation of a strong foreign policy.

As a result of current political nervousness on the transition, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act was introduced on March 27th.

With all this in mind, it’s the right time to take the pulse of domain investors, domainers, domain flippers, domain entrepreneurs and other professionals who have engaged in international relationships for years, without concern about politics.

Should the US government relinquish control of key Internet functions in September 2015 ?

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One Response to “Poll: ICANN push for end of US Government involvement – Good or bad?”
  1. RU says:

    My choice: US government should maintain its role indefinitely.

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