ICANN schism nears…

June 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Domain News

The Great Divide between ICANN and government may predate the end of the world, a thought once unthinkable to Internet hardliners. The Number Resource Organization (NRO), formed by the world’s five Regional Internet Registries, has expressed its support to end the collaboration agreement between the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the US Department of Commerce. 

This is a big shakeup in the formal architecture of historical Web management. The NRO has also made recommendations for the management of the Domain Name System (DNS) to ensure its future stability.

The DNS is currently managed by ICANN and the US Department of Commerce under an agreement set to expire on 30 September 2009. The NRO recommends that stability, competition, bottom-up coordination and representation remain the guiding principles for the governance of ICANN after this agreement expires

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