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Sign-on letter tells Bush admin to back off in .xxx fight

Sign-on letter tells Bush admin to back off in .xxx fight
Sign-on letter tells Bush admin to back off in .xxx fight

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Governments and Internet DNS
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 17:09:55 -0400
From: Milton Mueller  

Should Governments Censor the Domain Name
System? Should the US Government Have
Unilateral Authority Over ICANN?

On August 11, the U.S. Commerce Department
responded to a campaign by conservative relligious
groups favoring online content controls by telling
ICANN to reconsider its agreement to create a new
.xxx top-level domain for sexual content.
ICANN complied by delaying its process.

The US Commerce Dept's intervention raises
profound issues about how the Internet is governed.
This occurs at a time when the World Summit on the
Information Society and many other national
governments are focusing on ICANN. According to the
Internet Governance Project (IGP), the letter "calls
into question the neutrality of the U.S. government's
special authority over ICANN," and is the first open
exercise of the USG's unilateral authority over the
ICANN regime.

The IGP has prepared a "Statement
Opposing Political Intervention in the Internet's
Core Technical Administrative Functions."
The statement carefully analyzes the implications of
this action for ICANN and for Internet governance
generally. You can read the statement here: 

If you agree with it, you can sign on as an endorser
by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.

You can also download the statement itself here: 

Sign on or not, IGP urges everyone not to let the
advocates of content regulation be the only voices
heard by the Commerce Department.

Dr. Milton Mueller
Syracuse University School of Information Studies 

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