Wake Up and Smell the ICANN
I attended a meeting today sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the continuing management of the Internet's worldwide Domain Name System (DNS). Right now the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages the DNS under an agreement with NTIA. That agreement expires in September, and the NTIA is soliciting comments on ICANN's progress and future. Even for many DC policy wonks, this is dry stuff. Trying to get people in the broader Internet community to pay attention to it is even tougher. But boring or not, the future of ICANN is inexorably tied to the future of the Internet itself. Members of the Internet community have a duty to contribute substantively to this discussion. So drink a cup of coffee and take a look at the NTIA document. Comments are due July 7.