18/07/2005

US can't dominate domain names, says UN - WebWatch - Breaking Business and Technology News at silicon.com

US can't dominate domain names, says UN - WebWatch - Breaking Business and Technology News at silicon.com

The UN once again makes a non-decision. What to do about the domain name system (DNS). ICANN (the body that looks after domain names etc) wanted to take control of the "root servers" i.e. the actual top-level infrastructure that holds the core of DNS i.e. "." or the root. However the US government refused to release control and will continue to manage it.

Now the UN has come out with 4 options, do nothing (i.e. stay as is), creation of a world body to address public policy issues (out the the work out ICANN), creation of a body to address wider range of public policy issues and create three bodies one to address policy, one for oversight and one for global coordination.

It'll probably take another few years to resolve which route to go down.
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