Monday, February 28, 2005

Prepcom Report on Internet Governance

Sally Burch writes:

There is almost unanimous disagreement with the status quo, in which most countries have no say in how the Internet is managed, and where a company registered under US law (ICANN), manages the administration of Internet (IP) names and numbers. Under the present system, organizations from certain countries can effectively be denied web domain names, as a result of US foreign policy or under the dictates of its antiterrorist legislation. In fact unilateral control of the system in theory gives one country the unacceptable power to cut off a whole country from Internet access.

Brazil's representative to the Prepcom denounced that in the current situation, there is an undemocratic decision-making process on how the Net is being administered, a lack of transparency in who is making decisions, and insufficient participation of the international community.

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