October 1, 2009 |
It sounds almost silly to say it, but the Internet is going global. Of course, it's already global. But the underlying technology that makes the Internet run was developed by the Department of Defense 40 years ago, and the federal government continued to have an outsized voice in how the Internet was run. Eleven years ago, as the Internet took off, the U.S. turned over some of its governance to an obscure nonprofit group, the Internet Corp....
March 19, 2002 |
The group that oversees the Internet's domain-name system was slapped with a lawsuit by one of its directors, who says he has been denied access to the organization's corporate records. Karl Auerbach, a director of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, filed suit to gain access to travel records, payroll figures and other day-to-day details of the organization that oversees the system that guides e-mail and Web browsers.
June 29, 2002 |
The group that oversees the Internet's name system voted to exclude ordinary Web surfers from its board in a move critics say allows mainstream interests to tighten their grip on the online world. ICANN, or the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, abolished online election of individual Internet users to the group's executive board. Instead, the 19-member board of directors will be drawn from representatives of technical, business, government and nonprofit organizations.
October 12, 2000 |
The Internet's management organization tentatively approved a new Web address suffix for the European Union, ".eu." But don't expect "dot-eu" names right away. Mike Roberts, chief executive of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, said final approval will come only after the group works out contractual details with the Europeans who will be in charge of assigning such names. The European Commission wanted an .eu suffix to help unify the continent's businesses.
December 1, 2006 |
VeriSign Inc., the main manager of the Internet address database, said the Commerce Department approved a contract extending its control over websites ending in .com for six more years. Its shares rose 7.5%. The contract, negotiated between VeriSign and the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, allows the Mountain View, Calif., company to raise prices four of the next six years.
May 29, 2002 |
The head of the group that sets standards for the Internet's addressing system, who has been trying to restructure the group's board in a way that critics complain would favor companies over computer users, announced plans to step down next year. M. Stuart Lynn, president and chief executive of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, said he would step down in March 2003 for personal reasons.
July 15, 2005 |
A United Nations panel created to recommend how the Internet should be run in the future has failed to reach consensus but did agree that no single country should dominate. The United States stated two weeks ago that it intended to maintain control over the computers that serve as the Internet's principal traffic cops. In a report, the U.N. panel outlined four possible options for the future of Internet governance for world leaders to consider at a summit in November.
October 4, 2003 |
The Internet's key traffic cop bowed to pressure and agreed to suspend a new online search service blamed for such side effects as disabling junk e-mail filters and networked printers. The decision came hours after the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, the main oversight body for the Internet, threatened to sue VeriSign Inc. unless it shut its Site Finder service. The company manages ".com" and ".net" addresses as well as the global network's central directory computers.
September 13, 2001 |
The organization that oversees Internet addresses cleared the way this week for domain names ending in ".museum," ".coop," and ".aero" but postponed action on ".pro." Contracts for ".biz," ".info" and ".name" were approved earlier by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit organization selected by the U.S. government to handle address policies.
November 24, 1998 |
The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers asked the U.S. government to formally recognize it as the new steward for the crucial Domain Name System. In a letter to Becky Burr, associate administrator of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, ICANN Interim Chairman Esther Dyson said the group adjusted its bylaws to make it more responsive to the general Internet community and establish a system to appeal ICANN's decisions.