ICANN reform

Back in 2014, I wrote about the US government’s control of the Internet via ICANN and DNS. US meddling with other countries’ web sites threatened to fracture the Internet. Behind the scenes, negotiations were afoot, and now after a couple of years of talks, the Internet belongs to the world — or at least, to multiple stakeholders. It will be interesting to see what happens next time there’s a major spat over DNS.

ICANN, Freedom™ and Apple Pie®

[Note: This was submitted to RISKS digest but rejected.] A WSJ op-ed quoted in RISKS digest: This means, effective next year, the U.S. will no longer oversee the “root zone file,” which contains all names and addresses for websites world-wide. If authoritarian regimes in Russia, China and elsewhere get their way, domains could be banned and new ones not approved for meddlesome groups such as Ukrainian-independence organizations or Tibetan human-rights activists.