03 Jan '12, 12am

Governments, Privatization, and "Privatization": ICANN and the GAC by Jonathan Weinberg #domainnames

Governments, Privatization, and "Privatization": ICANN and the GAC by Jonathan Weinberg Tuesday, 03 January 2012 01:08 David Goldstein Tweet Share What kind of organization, then, is ICANN? It is in form a private body, a California-based § 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.5 Yet when it comes to ICANN, the usual lines between what is private and what is public have always been blurred. In this Essay, I will address the relationship between ICANN and national governments, and how that relationship has changed over time. I'll discuss the changing nature of ICANN's relationship with the U.S. government, as well as the evolution of other national governments' policy-making role within ICANN. The U.S. government was deeply involved with ICANN at the time of its formation; other world governments played a much smaller role. Those governments' functional role remained narrow even ...

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