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    .eu and Europe too EU Cool To Rapid, Radical Changes in ICANN
    posted by michael on Saturday March 23 2002, @10:17AM

    The European Commission issued a news release yesterday on a large number of telecom subjects in anticipation of Monday's Telecom Council meeting. Part 5 had a lot to say about ICANN. Full quote inside, but the key part is probably this:
    In the short period since the ICANN proposal was published, the Commission has had an initial consultation with Member States and received support of the majority for a "reasoned" response, involving an indication that the EU is, of course, willing to participate in any discussion on ICANN's future and on the need for an appropriate role for public authorities in the process. Any radical redefinition of the relationship between the public and private sector actors in the Internet would however require substantial and in-depth consideration.




    Full text of part five of the news release:
    Background

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the private sector, non-profit corporation set up in 1998 to help co-ordinate certain key aspects of the Internet's technical infrastructure.

    ICANN is essentially a consensus-based model, depending on the continuing and voluntary support and involvement of the key private-sector actors in the Internet world-wide. Its original mandate - to facilitate technical co-ordination in order to ensure the continued stability of the Internet - was deliberately narrow, not least to avoid ICANN engaging in activities which are the proper domain of public authorities.

    Recent developments:

    The ICANN CEO recently published a proposal for a restructuring of ICANN. It proposed a more direct involvement by governments, less direct involvement of individual Internet users, and the restriction of participation in ICANN to those who would fund ICANN.

    In the short period since the ICANN proposal was published, the Commission has had an initial consultation with Member States and received support of the majority for a "reasoned" response, involving an indication that the EU is, of course, willing to participate in any discussion on ICANN's future and on the need for an appropriate role for public authorities in the process. Any radical redefinition of the relationship between the public and private sector actors in the Internet would however require substantial and in-depth consideration.

    A first broad public discussion on the proposed ICANN reform took place at the ICANN meeting in Accra, Ghana, last week. This included participants from Internet naming and addressing organisations and governments. There was some agreement on the need to improve the ICANN performance and discussions on how this should be achieved. Public consultation has now officially started. A proposal will then be submitted to the ICANN Board for consideration at the next ICANN Meeting in Bucharest at the end of June. Decisions on changes to the ICANN structure are not expected to be taken before the ICANN meeting in Shanghai in October.

    EU position to date:

    In both Commission Communications on this subject, the European Commission has proposed support to the principle of private sector self-regulation, and to the need for the eventual privatisation and internationalisation of DNS management. The European Parliament and the Council have endorsed the Commission's approach in various resolutions.

    At this Council

    Commissioner Liikanen will inform the Council about developments, including the conclusions from the ICANN meetings in Ghana.


     
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