RE: [registrars] Congress to Once Again Look at ICANN
Don't forget that Burn's list of "top priorities for the 108th congress"
is as long as his arm. Sometimes I get the sense that Burns likes to
fill agenda time with ICANN for the sake of convenience and slight
academic interest as opposed to any larger agenda. Burns likes telcom
and local issues. That means ranchers and phone companies are going to
get more attention than we are, for better or worse. Whatever happens,
congressional attention is not a bad thing - for instance, it causes
groups like INTA and pubs like Wired to write about the burning issues
and put them in front of the people that should be participating more in
ICANN. We need to cast a wider net and actions such as those that Burns
undertakes, assists this.
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> *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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