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US Govt Formally Asks Whether It Should Reassert Its Control of Internet, Reversing ICANN Handover

A formal inquiry released by the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Tuesday questions whether IANA Stewardship Transition should be “unwound.” This is one of the 23 questions that NTIA has put into its formal notice of inquiry. Kieren McCarty reporting in The Register: “The US government has formally asked whether it should reassert its control of the internet’s administrative functions, effectively reversing a handover to non-profit organization ICANN two years ago. The question is part of a broader effort to seek input on what the US government’s role and priorities should be when it comes to internet policymaking, but its inclusion is still extraordinary given how controversial such a reversal would be.”

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The Rest of the World Phil Howard  –  Jun 15, 2018 5:07 AM

The rest of the world can simply ignore what the United States does and run their own internet their own way (trotw TLD?), just as any single country can do.  Of course they have to consider the effects.  Do they really want to make communications easy with the United States or would they rather make it hard, or even control it.  Is the rest of the world big enough to do it alone?  I think it is.  We’ll also end up with lots of “junk innovation” to get around the difficulties of communicating between two internets, just as we have done to drag out the use of an obsolete short addressing scheme.  So let the United States go ahead and believe it controls the internet.  That control can be taken back at any time.

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