ICANN chief: Internet on track to bust out from U.S. governance in 2016

ICANN chief: Internet on track to bust out from U.S. governance in 2016
Or -- go ahead and mess with it. It's time.

[Ed. – This won’t be as seamless as its advocates promise.  They include the head of ICANN, Fadi Chehade (from Lebanon), who interestingly is leaving his ICANN job ahead of schedule — in March, just weeks from now.  Before the transition from U.S. governance on 30 September.]

A plan to end a key US government oversight role on the Internet is on track for completion this year, the head of the online address gatekeeper said, in a symbolic move towards asserting the independence of the web.

While the transition will not change how the Internet works, it would help reassure users, businesses and governments about its integrity, according to Fadi Chehade, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Chehade told AFP the transition plan being prepared since early 2014 will be delivered to the US government in February, and that it could take place on September 30—a year later than originally planned.

If the US government approves the plan, “then the contract between ICANN and the US government which is set to naturally expire on September 30 will just expire,” Chehade said in an interview Wednesday in Washington.

Chehade said the private non-profit ICANN is effectively a “traffic cop” that ensures the Internet address system functions, and that the US government’s role has been merely to ensure that it follows correct procedures. …

“People have aggrandized the role of the US government in what we do. But the change is actually minimal. …”

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