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ICANN Faces Questions on Accountability and Outside Takeover

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held a meeting today in Washington, D.C. discussing concerns over the organization's takeover by governments and other outside entities as well as the need for further accountability to Internet users.

ICANN's current oversight agreement with the U.S. government comes to an end in a year and there are no plans to sign a new agreement according to ICANN officials. However in the past few years, representatives of other countries have called for an international organization to oversee the 10-year-old ICANN. In order to steer clear of outside takeovers, ICANN proposes remaining in the U.S. where it can take advantage of the countries relatively strong antitrust and competitive laws.

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Wasn't there a letter to ICANN recently Michele Neylon  –  Oct 01, 2008 4:25 PM PDT

Wasn't there a letter to ICANN recently from the US Dept. of Commerce clearly indicating that they had zero intention of cutting them loose?

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