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ICANN's Cozy Relationship With the US Must End, Says EU 193

alphadogg writes "The exclusive relationship of ICANN with the U.S. must end, said the European Union's digital agenda chief on Wednesday. California-based ICANN is responsible for the assignment of top-level domains and has a long-standing operating agreement with the U.S. However, following the revelations by Edward Snowden of widespread surveillance of the Internet by the National Security Agency, many countries have questioned the arrangement. The historical relationship, noted in ICANN's Affirmation of Commitments, is outdated and the governance of the Internet must become more global, said the E.U. Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Kroes was presenting the European Commission's new policy on Internet governance, which rejects any United Nations or governmental takeover of Internet governance and calls for a move to globalize ICANN."
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ICANN's Cozy Relationship With the US Must End, Says EU

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @11:29AM (#46228785)

    So we get that little bonus.

    We inveted your language. We get that little bonus.

    France invented your democratic process. They get that little bonus.

    Scotland invented the TV, they get that little bonus.

    Oh, no, you're merkins, therefore American Exceptionalism To The RESCUE!!!!

  • by sirwired ( 27582 ) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @11:48AM (#46228947)

    The US "must" do this? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

    I can see why the EU and/or UN would want the US to give up control over the ICANN contract, but every time this comes up, I have yet to see a single reason presented as to why the US would agree to do it.

    Diplomacy involves the practical application of either the proverbial Carrot or Stick or Both. "Do this or I'll write further Official Letters demanding it" is not much of a stick, and it certainly isn't a carrot.

  • by Sponge Bath ( 413667 ) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @02:23PM (#46230503)

    It evolved from a conglomeration of Germanic, French, and Latin.

    Evolution is heresy. Jesus spoke perfect US English the moment he rode a dinosaur out of his virgin mother's cooch. Yippee ki-yay.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?