Monday, October 3, 2016

From IANA to PTI? Whhhaaaatttt???? and why do I care?

I've blogged before about internet sites and the naming of them. Since 1998 the US government's Dept. of Commerce's Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has had administrative power over the Domain Name System (DNS), which controls internet naming, matching names to addresses. In 2013 the U.S. Governmnet decided to end its oversight role, and replace it with an organization representing the wider internet community. There was a legal fight by some to keep that controlling power in U.S. hands. The court system recently agreed that the power should go to a private, non-profit, which includes international nation states as of Saturday Oct 1, 2016. The functions previously performed by IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) will now be performed under PTI (Public Technical Identifiers), staffed by the same people as IANA with different board and oversight process. Will this actually allow more freedom or less on the internet? And how will that in/de/crease of internet freedom affect the U.S.? Stay tuned to find out. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37526598  and here https://www.icann.org/  and here about the transition http://www.iana.org/help/pti-transition


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