All the reasons to alter the way the internet is governed internationally have little to do with current DNS operations, which are basically excellent in terms of the root server response time for name server queries. And you can bet that among many other stake-holders Google, or more precisely GOOG, has an enormous vested interest in keeping the existing system as stable as possible through whatever changes a governing agency might propose.

 

So nobody can be too surprised that of 143 nations represented at the recently-concluded World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12), the United States was among the 54 nations who refused to sign the agreements related to internet governance. Most specifically, the US opposes the declaration that all governments should have an “an equal role” in how the internet functions now and through future innovations, especially in terms of “security”.

 

“Security” is a big word when governments might use it to make sure that technical changes in how DNS facilitate preventing their citizens from getting access to information. Imagine the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) making changes to its root server delegations so that a nation that doesn’t want you to participlate in a political discussion can more easily redirect your browser’s DNS query away from black-listed domains. Or more simply, imagine you couldn’t register your domain unless the registrar first approved of the content you put up on your site. Finally, imagine that sign-off on actual technical changes to instructure that runs the current internet depends on a politicized committee of decision-makers.

 

The US and its main allies (Canada, UK) cite such scenarios in explaining their oppostion to the UN agreements.

 

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