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Egyptian Minister Demands ICANN to Become an Independent Organization

At the start of the 33rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Cairo, Tarek Kamel, Egypt's Minister for Communications and Information Technology, has called for ICANN to become an independent organization. Referring to the imminent expiry of ICANN's contract with the US Government next September, he said he expected ICANN to become a genuinely-independent, transparent and stable organization. Kamel is considered to be an important advocate of ICANN in the Arab world.

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Demands? Larry Seltzer  –  Nov 04, 2008 11:59 AM PDT

No. Now what's he going to do?

If you are in Cairo and had James Seng  –  Nov 04, 2008 5:46 PM PDT

If you are in Cairo and had listen to Tarek Kamel speaks at the event, or even click on the wikipedia link to check on his background, you will like what you see.

In short, he speaks more like an network engineer (he has a PhD in Computer Science) than a politician and yes, he knows what he is talking about.

Don't judge someone just so quickly.

I agree. I would like to see Chr1s Shea7s  –  Nov 05, 2008 2:53 PM PDT

I agree. I would like to see an independent organization, similar to how the United Nations, or a sub-program of the UN operates, that is not so much under the umbrella of the United States or attached to the hip of the government. An organization like ICANN who is better supported, and controlled, by varying international non-profits/research firms. I believe this would bring better stability to international policy development and general information technology development, by allowing better access to the resources that ICANN could offer developing nations.

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