IGP urges DoC to broaden ICANN oversight and complete DNS transition

The IGP submitted comments today in response to the NTIA inquiry on transition of the DNS. The essence of IGP's comments can be summarized as follows: The transition of DNS administration envisioned by the White Paper has gotten stuck somewhere in the middle of the process. This halfway house is an unstable and undesirable place. We urge the U.S. Commerce Department to complete the transition of DNS to a nongovernmental, multi-stakeholder regime and to clarify and limit the role of national governments, including the U.S. government. To pave the way for the transition, we ask the U.S. to ameliorate and internationalize its oversight in ways that will strengthen the accountability of ICANN to the global Internet community. We ask that two new principles related to accountability be explicitly recognized as part of ICANN's charter. One pertains to the basic human right of freedom of expression; the other would be a general principle of accountability.

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