November 13, 2006
The ITU and ICANN: an Internet Game of Cat and Mouse
Andy Updegrove writes "Once upon a time, there was something new called "the Internet," and it was an unknown quantity. While some guessed what it could become, most did not. Famously, Mark Andreessen - of Mosaic, and later Netscape fame - and Tim Berners-Lee did, while Bill Gates did not. Less publicly, those that helped to create something that came to be called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - or ICANN - did, and the standards analogue of Bill Gates - the International Telecommunications Union - or ITU - did not. As a result, ICANN got the root directories to the Internet - and the ITU did not. They've never forgotten - and they want them."