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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 The historical relationship, noted in ICANN's Affirmation of Commitments, is outdated and the governance of the Internet must become more global, said the E.U. Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes.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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  • Re:UK invented HTTP. (Score:2, Informative)

    by Puls4r ( 724907 ) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @11:38AM (#46228845)
    Despite your sarcasm, you're right.

    The countries that invented that particular item can go ahead and specify anything they want inside their borders. If countries outside those borders don't like it, then they can ignore it.

    ICANN is no different. Don't like it? Then go make your own. Just because the internet has gained universal acceptance doesn't mean you get a say in how it's administered in the US. There is nothing saying you can't stick a bunch computers between your country and the internet and administer everything inside your own borders any way you want. If you want it to work on *our* internet, then make it compatible with ICANN. If not, get out.

    Am I being rude? Yes. Because I'm pretty sure ANY country would react the same way to a bunch of other countries constantly whining about something like this. It took hold in the US first, and we went through creating the system so it works. You guys plugged in. If you don't like it - then unplug.
  • by iamhassi ( 659463 ) on Wednesday February 12, 2014 @04:03PM (#46231601) Journal
    Actually nevermind UK isn't any better than the US since UK does not respect [independent.co.uk] free speech [cbsnews.com]

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