Bush Administration and UN Set to Fight Over Internet Administration

July 5, 2005
July 5, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - In Internet news today, the US government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced their intention to try and preserve ICANN as the administrator of the Internet Domain Name System rather than turn the duty over to an international body in 2006 as has been previously agreed. As reported by the New York Times, the UN and the International Telecommunication Union Countries claim the US has too much control over the Internet and countries such as Brazil, India, Syria and China among others are pushing for an international body to control the system.

The NTIA website however has posted a US statement of principles that prelude a coming fight over the administration of the Internet:

The NTIA site states, “The United States Government intends to preserve the security and stability of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System (DNS). Given the Internet's importance to the world’s economy, it is essential that the underlying DNS of the Internet remain stable and secure. As such, the United States is committed to taking no action that would have the potential to adversely impact the effective and efficient operation of the DNS and will therefore maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file.

ICANN is the appropriate technical manager of the Internet DNS. The United States continues to support the ongoing work of ICANN as the technical manager of the DNS and related technical operations and recognizes the progress it has made to date. The United States will continue to provide oversight so that ICANN maintains its focus and meets its core technical mission.”

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