The U.S. has allowed the company that controls web addresses to drop their contract with the US – ending the U.S. dominance of oversight. Does it really matter? We have no oversight in Washington of anything except George Bush, the FBI and Joe Wilson.
Icann had previously been operating under the auspices of the American government, which had control of the net thanks to its initial role in developing the underlying technologies used for connecting computers together.
But the fresh focus will give other countries a more prominent role in determining what takes place online, and even the way in which it happens – opening the door for a virtual United Nations, where many officials gather to discuss potential changes to the internet.
This fits right in with U.S. surrender of all things powerful. After all, it is Obama administration’s policy that the U.S. become equal with all other countries on the globe:
Earlier this year European officials said that they did not think it was proper for America to retain so much control over the global computer network.
The new agreement comes into force immediately. It replaces the old version which had been in place since 1998 and was scheduled to expire today.
Of great excitement is the news that plans are to “allow web users to use addresses with names in Chinese, Arabic or other alphabets other than Latin.”