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    USA Goverment Relations Responsibility for ICANN - Stability and Legitimacy
    posted by michael on Sunday March 18 2001, @04:26PM

    Herbert Burkert, a leading European analyst of things Internet, has written a very interesting essay, Responsibility for ICANN - Stability and Legitimacy in which he suggests that the US government is exercising a fiduciary duty over a global resource through ICANN, one that imposes obligations on the US. We asked him to write a short introduction to his essay for ICANNWatch, and he was kind enough to do so...

    Responsibility for ICANN - Stability and Legitimacy

    Herbert Burkert (burkert@gmd.de)

    Research Centre for Information Law-University of St.Gallen, Switzerland & Institute for Media Communication, St.Augustin, Germany

    The US government is exercising a fiduciary duty through ICANN; similar obligations rest on other governments' shoulders as regards "their" ccTLDs - because "the Internet" - or rather - the type of interoperability which is represented by the Internet - is a common global good.

    That is the essence - more or less - of a brief panel statement that was made at a Post-Marina del Rey conference at Zurich in February 2001 to discuss ICANN issues with a mainly European - although not necessarily European Union (Switzerland!) - audience. Due to the nature of the paper there are no footnotes or credits, though may should have been credited.

    I am currently involved in a study on what I would call "ICANN as an experiment" sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation (not the company). This was a first test of some of my observations. A more extensive test will follow at a conference in Berlin in early April: http://www.democratic-internet.de/

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