IGP calls for US led international agreement on ICANN

The IGP has filed comments in the Department of Commerce proceeding on the “Assessment of the Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System” (Docket No. 090420688-9689-01). An excerpt from the summary is below:

“The global challenges we face demand global institutions that work.”
– President Barack Obama, 2008

ICANN lacks accountability and its processes are full of problems, but the JPA is not the right tool to use to fix them. The JPA contributes to ICANN's failings. …it does nothing but invite the stakeholders in one privileged country to complain to their own government about policy outcomes they don't like. The U.S. government needs to let the JPA expire, and immediately initiate an international agreement that formalizes and completes the transition of ICANN to a stable form of multi-stakeholder global governance rooted in a nonprofit corporation.

Contributors from the Internet Governance Project concurring on this statement include:
Dr. Milton Mueller, Syracuse University School of Information Studies and XS4All Professor, Technology University of Delft, Netherlands
Brenden Kuerbis, Doctoral candidate, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Dr. Michel van Eeten, Technology University of Delft, Netherlands
Dr. John Mathiason, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Dr. Derrick Cogburn, School of International Service, American University and Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Dr. Lee McKnight, Syracuse University School of Information Studies

One comment

  1. Anonymous

    ICANN is irrelevant and can now be dissolved.
    ICANN was only started to do some Proof-of-Concept Market Trials. Those trials are over.
    People should now have “Proof” that Domaining
    and Domain Name Markets exist. When ICANN
    was started, many academics meddling in
    consumer networking claimed there was no
    market for domains.
    New protocols, new DNS software, new U.S.
    Government policies, and most importantly
    HIGH BANDWIDTH DEMAND Applications are
    going to reshape the Next Generation Internet.
    Some of the TLDs from the Market Trials may
    be preserved in a free market system and some
    may not. ICANN is not welcome or needed to
    play referee in the free markets in the Americas.
    Those too far from The Big Island, have no voice
    because they will not be able to have the
    high-speed connections needed to participate.
    People will not give up High-Bandwidth Applications
    in return for singing Koom Bay Yah with cab drivers
    from Africa. IP address space will be taken by the
    telcos and cablecos to deliver the services.
    ICANN is irrelevant and can now be dissolved.