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ICANN to be More Independent

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and the US Commerce Department have ended an 11-year partnership in which the U.S. government possessed direct control of ICANN.

The split will allow for a private sector-led model for the Internet, with review teams from around the globe.

The two organizations have signed an Affirmation of Committments that gives ICANN significantly more autonomy. The prior relationship was heavily criticized by European organizations, claiming the U.S. government retained too much control and influence on a worldwide system.

Another central complaint surrounded the amount of time it took for none English-language addresses to be assigned. While the new structure does not remove the U.S. government entirely from involvement with ICANN, it does significantly reduce its role. The move has been well received throughout the international community.

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