[registrars] Congress to Once Again Look at ICANN
Apologies to those that have already seen this article published by INTA.
*Congress to Once Again Look at ICANN*
On January 15, Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), chairman of the Senate
Communications Subcommittee, announced his top priorities for the 108th
Congress. Included in this list of agenda items is the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the not-for-profit corporation with
whom the Department of Commerce has a memorandum of understanding for the
administration of the domain name system.
A press release issued by Senator Burns' office announced that the senator,
a frequent critic of ICANN, "will take aim at the organization's persistent
half-hearted efforts at internal reform." The release added:
"Constitutional issues are also troubling, including whether the Commerce
Department was within its rights to grant such a huge responsibility
[administration of the DNS] to ICANN in the first place, potentially
violating the 'nondelegation' clause." Senator Burns will also be taking a
close look at online privacy, an issue that potentially affects access to
information contained in the Whois database. For a copy of Senator Burns'
press release, please see http://shorl.com/fapopresygubro.
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