WASHINGTON D.C. - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a new Affirmation of Commitments (Affirmation) with the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Affirmation ensures the global Internet stakeholder community of permanent accountability mechanisms hard-coded into ICANN's continued evolution as a private sector led organization. The following statement may be attributed to Michael Palage, Adjunct Fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation and a former ICANN Board Member:
The Affirmation of Commitments recognizes ICANN's accomplishments to date as the global trustee of the Internet's unique identifiers and creates permanent accountability mechanisms in which other governments and the private sector can participate on an equal basis with the U.S. government.
ICANN's Joint Project Agreement, which ends today, had previously tied accountability and oversight to one government. By allowing greater participation by other governments and the private sector, this new framework draws upon a much more international and diverse pool of participants that will be representative not only of the Internet's first billion users, but also the next billion.
The broader International community should welcome this decentralization of ICANN's accountability framework, which is consistent with the management principles championed by ICANN's new CEO, Rod Beckstrom.
Palage is available for comment. Please contact Amy Smorodin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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