Academics Call For Internationalizing Internet Governance - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Academics Call For Internationalizing Internet Governance

A group of American academics calls on the United States to help establish an international body responsible for running the Internet.

A group of academics on Friday called on the United States to work toward establishing an international body responsible for running the Internet.

Syracuse University-based Internet Governance Project said the U.S. should assert its Internet leadership by offering proposals for cooperating with other countries in the oversight and supervision of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN manages Internet addresses, domain names and the huge number of parameters associated with Internet protocols.

"While we can justly claim that the U.S. 'invented' the Internet, with over a billion users now, US citizens are a small minority of the networked world," Syracuse University professor Milton Mueller said in an IGP statement. "If the Internet's central coordination functions are seen as a U.S. strategic asset rather than as a neutral, globally shared infrastructure, the risks of deliberate disruption and politicization of the Internet can only increase."

The IGP comments were released during a symposium sponsored by the IGP and three other university programs to assess the final report of the U.N. Working Group on Internet Governance. The WGIG report is expected to become the basis for international negotiations at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in September.

Much of the discussion at the symposium centered on the U.S. Commerce Department's June statement, saying the government would "continue to maintain" its unilateral authority over the Internet's domain name and addressing system.

The statement disappointed many in the global Internet community, who believed the upcoming Geneva summit presented an opportunity to negotiate more open multilateral governance of the Internet, the IGP said.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
News
How COVID is Changing Technology Futures
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/23/2020
Slideshows
10 Ways AI Is Transforming Enterprise Software
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  7/13/2020
Commentary
IT Career Paths You May Not Have Considered
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/30/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Special Report: Why Performance Testing is Crucial Today
This special report will help enterprises determine what they should expect from performance testing solutions and how to put them to work most efficiently. Get it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll