The non-profit organisation tipped to govern the Internet?s domain name system has been heavily criticised at its first public meeting.
Board members of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), were challenged by attendees, questioning who had picked the initial nine board members and arguing it was accountable to no-one.
ICANN was proposed by the Internet Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (IANA) as the global, non-profit organisation to handle the Internet?s domain name system when the US government hands the contract over to the private sector.
Attendees argued that the board was appointed behind closed doors and that no system has been put in place for the organisation to be accountable to. (Newswire 27 October)
As it will be managing public resources the attendees demanded more openness and a higher degree of accountability, arguing that the stability of the entire Internet is at stake.
Legal counsel to IANA, Joe Sims defended the board?s appointment saying it was open for anyone to apply and that individual members were invited under direction of John Postel, the late director of IANA.
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