ICANN and other internet infrastructure groups want the internet domain name service to be globalized quickly after recent NSA surveillance leaks. The groups want the coordination of the Internet’s technical infrastructure moved away from U.S. government control.
Consisting of ICANN, the Internet Society, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and six others, the groups said the Internet domain name functions performed by ICANN and traditionally overseen by the U.S. government should be globalized quickly toward “an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing.”
The groups condemned the US NSA surveillance as undermined the trust and confidence of Internet users globally.
U.S. surveillance of the Internet and the NSA’s Prism program collect private user information worldwide, showing that it’s the US in charge of the internet and not the bodies, even when they should be the ones regulating.
Other countries such as Brazil, China and Russia have also voiced their concerns on the need to limit the US influence over Internet governance with Brazil questioning why outside Internet traffic should be routed through the U.S. Brazil, Russia and China earlier own expressed concern that ICANN should leave the U.S. and become a United Nations affiliate instead and reduce its reliance on the U.S. The organizations expect that moving ICANN out of US will increase people’s free expression online.