Oh Yes, Let’s Put These People In Charge of the Internet

More evidence, if you needed it, that the an intergovernmental body is not the organization to replace ICANN as the arbiters of the Internet’s domain name system–which will, like all UN-style organizations, suffer mission creep to cover more and more facets of the system:

Controversy has continued to dog a UN net summit in Tunisia as a head of a France-based media freedom group was blocked from entering the country.

Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF) head Robert Menard said Tunisian security officials had not allowed him to leave the plane after his arrival from Paris.

My suggestion? A privately-funded foundation entirely outside of government control, with a strictly limited mission. If they get out of line, you can always replace their root servers with others. The government of Tunisia won’t like that, but that’s probably a good thing.

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