updated 02:20 pm EDT, Sat March 15, 2014
NTIA starts process to end DNS management, American monitoring in 2015
The United States government has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to begin drafting a proposal to transition the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) responsibility of domain name system (DNS) administration away from the United States. Stepping away from governance of ICANN would mark the final phase of DNS privatization that had been set in motion in 1998, allowing ICANN to operate independently.
Conditions for the transition proposal must contain "broad community support" and address four outlined principles. The proposal must "support and enhance the multi-stakeholder model; maintain the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet DNS; meet the needs of expectation of the global customer and partners of the IANA services; and, maintain openness of the Internet." The intent of the proposal request is to make ICANN an independent operation free from American monitoring. As such "the NTIA will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or inter-governmental organization solution."
"The timing is right to start the transition process. We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan," says Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling in a statement released from the NTIA.
The US government has come under international fire recently due to the thought that the United States has too much influence on online activities amidst other surveillance and privacy concerns. The Department of Commerce's contract with ICANN is set to expire in September 2015.