Wednesday, September 17, 2003

How full is that glass?

According to this story on CNET, ICANN will continue its reign over the Net after signing an agreement with the US government that extends for three years the organization's role as overseer of the Net's domain name hierarchy and address space--but with some key changes. Evidently (and you should read the agreement to render your own interpretation of the governmentese) ICANN has been directed to clean up its act as well as to plan for its potential demise (under the guise of a "disaster recovery" plan).

While few people have any good words for what ICANN has so far accomplished, and while many feel that the only solution is to scrap the organization entirely nevertheless this new plan - if its strictly enforced by the US administration - could be the salvation we've been looking for.

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