- US hands over control of the internet
- What is ICANN and what is it responsible for?
- What 'stewardship' role has it taken over from the US and what is the significance of this development?
- Are these developments likely to have any impact on day-to-day domain name registration or the administration of disputes?
- Do you envisage it becoming easier to challenge unpopular decisions under the new international global governance model?
- Are there any limitations to ICANN which it has inherited from its predecessor in terms of its accountability, and how might these issues be addressed?
IP & IT analysis: How will the creation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the transfer of stewardship of the internet to it from the US Government, impact the global internet community? Bill Lister, intellectual property partner at Fieldfisher, explains that ICANN is limited in that, as a multi-stakeholder organisation, it will have to balance the interests of multiple nations in how to manage the internet.
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