[bestbits] Fwd: Is the Internet Really Free of US Control?

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Sat Oct 15 10:48:11 EDT 2016

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Subject: 	Is the Internet Really Free of US Control?
Date: 	Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:11:26 +0530
From: 	parminder <parminder at itforchange.net>
To: 	governance at lists.igcaucus.org <governance at lists.igcaucus.org>, &lt
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Hi All

I wrote this commentary piece in the Economic and Political Weekly of
India on ICANN's oversight transition. For such an important and
multi-faceted event, it is surprising that I have come across no article
that is other than absolutely celebratory about it, and catches properly
the different nuances that are involved. Such a monochromatic discourse
in the global IG space is not a good indication. There is an especial
lack of views from a progressive and social justice perspective, and
from the geopolitical South, both of which I have tried to catch in this
brief article. 

  *Internet Governance: Is the Internet Really Free of US Control?*

"The recent decision of the United States government to cede its control
over the internet’s naming and addressing system to the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a US-based
international non-profit body, is heralded as a significant step towards
the globalisation of internet’s core infrastructure. But with ICANN
having no special jurisdictional immunity and subject to the whims of
the judicial and legislative branches of the US government as well as
many of its executive agencies, the decision seems more symbolic than


Comments are welcome.
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