Transfer of NTIA duties to ICANN and global community will bring control of free speech
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.” *Orwell’s 1984
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and information administration is the major policymaker which oversees the key internet domain name functions. NTIA today contracts with ICANN [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers] but plans are to not renew it contract with the agency and to allow the transfer for “key internet domain name functions: DNS root, IP addresses, and other related protocol” to ICANN itself. The vision for NTIA is to allow global stakeholders, i.e. global internet community to craft a transition plan.
NTIA has communicated to ICANN that the transition proposal must have broad community support and address the following four principles:
- Support and enhance the multistakeholder model;
- Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS;
- Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and,
- Maintain the openness of the Internet.
Both the U.S. Senate and House have passed bipartisan resolutions affirming the support for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance. There are reservations as we note further in the article. The issue also is that the NTIA will not accept a proposal which would replace the NTIA role with another government led or an inter-governmental organization solution according the NTIA press release.