Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

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Cybersecurity

ICANN Heads for .... Who Knows What?

Readers of this blog know that a consequential decision about internet governance looms on the horizon -- the decision of the US goverment to relinquish its contractual control over the Interent Assigned Numbers Authority and allow the Domain Name System to be operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit corporation chartered in California.  As part of that proposed transition of authority, a working group has been chartered to design a series of acco

Cybersecurity

ICANN IANA Transition Delayed

For those following the decision of the United States to give  up its contractual control of the Internet naming function, news today that the Deparment of Commerce has extended the contract for another year, to allow time for the international community to figure out how the transition should work.  As the

internet governance

IANA Transition Proposal

Suppose you were the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)—a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Suppose further that in March 2014 you had announced your intention to offload your management of certain functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and to hand that competence over to a broader, mulitnational group.  How would you go about doing so?  

As is well known, NTIA has mulled the question for roughly a year and a half, and all the while sought input from a diverse group of stakeholders and experts.  

Cyber & Technology

Congress and the IANA Transition—A Bipartisan Agreement

The United States is in the midst of a transition that will, when completed, give up its contractual control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).  That authority is currently conducted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under contract to the Department of Commerce.  Current plans are for Commerce to end the contract in September 2015, and let ICANN manage the IANA function on its own.  Some, including me, favor the transition bu

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