published a set of helpful instructions for governments wanting to seize domains.
So while I appreciate that Americans enjoy the fiction that the US government or ICANN are the lone forces preventing Internet censorship, it’s not actually true. In reality, the US government has explicitly stated that it considers itself to have the right to seize anything registered under a generic top-level domain.
So making ICANN independent of the US government is a good move, and a necessary one if the organization is to regain the trust of those outside the US.
Yes, it will be bad if ICANN ends up controlled by China or Russia, but that doesn’t mean it’s good having it controlled by the US. © mathew 2017
© mathew 2017