June 28, 2006
Who Should Govern the Internet (Act II)
Andy Updegrove writes "Last year, many countries were up in arms over the fact that the US, via an agency of the Department of Commerce that maintains a contract with ICANN, controls the root directories of the Internet. Now the current multi-year contract between the DoC and ICANN is about to expire - on September 30, and things are heating up again, since ICANN itself has many critics. A request for comments and the date of a public meeting have now been announced, and the comments submitted from at home and abroad should be interesting - as will be the decision whether or not to renew ICANN's current role, or award custody of these vital directories to another bidder."