20 November 2009

Two Approaches to the Internet

So, which government's approach to the internet domain name system would you rather have,

The US:

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the body that oversees some of the core mechanisms of the Internet, has been granted independence from the U.S. government.

On Wednesday, ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that they had signed a new agreement that states the Internet body is "independent and not controlled by any one entity." It also commits ICANN to remaining a private, not-for-profit organization.

or The UK:

Following Ministerial changes, today the government has set out the future governance arrangements and overall programme plan for the delivery of the actions contained in the Final Digital Britain Report (released in June).

The Implementation Plan clarifies that in the Digital Economy Bill, which is planned as part of the next legislative programme, subject to parliamentary time, the Government will seek reserve powers to regulate the distribution of domain names in the UK.

1 comment:

Robin Smith said...

A rhetorical question. I like those.

If the government regulate it there will be less production on the whole. And therefore less rent.

A pyrric victory