Feeds

US Net founder elected to ICANN board

No, not Al Gore, the other guy...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Despite rumours that the first elected ICANN board would accommodate no US citizens, Net founder and bona fide Son of Uncle Sam Vinton Cerf was elected to the last available seat. Cerf, one of the Net's co-developers responsible for TCP/IP protocol, is currently senior VP of Internet architecture and technology for MCI Worldcom. The ICANN board elections have proven unpopular on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress worry that its make-up would be a bit more appropriate for the Rainbow Coalition than for a body governing what many believe is chiefly an American property. Some have suggested that by establishing ICANN, the Clinton Administration has inadvertently given away a resource developed and cultivated by Americans, for Americans. House Commerce Committee Chairman Thomas Bliley (Republican, Virginia) is said to be considerably less than thrilled with the election results. It was Bliley's committee that heard testimony in July on the topic "Domain Name System Privatization: Is ICANN Out of Control?" Cerf may not turn out the last American to be seated on the board, however, as another nine seats have yet to be filled. We can expect numerous warning growls from the Hill as that process gets under way. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.