Announced on Wednesday, ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has made an official midterm review submission of the Joint Project Agreement between ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce.
Organizations will be able to move closer towards transitioning the domain name system to the private sector as the JPA shows increasing signs of closure, according to ICANN, envisioned by them since their founding.
The US government, committed to DNS transition since 1998 have seen seven Memorandums of Understanding between ICANN and the government, including 13 status reports measuring ICANN’s progress.
Within the ICANN Board submission Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush stated “Ending the JPA will provide long-term stability and security for a model that works. It will provide confidence to all participants that the investment of time, thought and energy for over nine years has secured an Internet coordination body that will always be owned by all stakeholders, not managed or overseen by any one entity.”
While encouraging the Internet community’s participation, ICANN’s Board is accepting submissions outlining the Internet community’s support before February 15.
Recently ICANN joined with the Taiwan Network Information Center to host a unique regional meeting in Taipei, Taiwan.
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