China Calls for an End to the Internet Governance Forum CircleID Thu, 14 May 2009 07:21 AM PDT. There's been a global argument going on for some time now over how the Internet should be governed. Many governments, including China but also many others, are not happy that the "root" of the Internet is controlled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( ICANN ), which ultimately answers to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Similar comments were made by our DotAfrica's Exec Director, Sophia Bekele, on the same issue back in December 2008 in reference to DNSSEC Industry Coalition on Network World By sbekele on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 10:40pm. "DNSSEC Industry Coalition is a great movement re: protecting security & stability of the internet. While the coalition seem to be mostly US companies, which in fact house majority of the global domain names; given the policy divide between the West and the rest of the world; also now a hot button of ICANN/ITU cyber security territorial issues, I would assume that the global governmental (GAC) community may in fact be not so happy of DNSSEC deployment at the ICANN root. Global security controlled by US centric policy and US company lobby consortium is not always comfortable to the rest of the world. This, of course considering that GACs are aware of DNSSEC implications to them, and are represented well or active at such policy debates. Sophia Bekele, ICANN Policy Advisor (2005-07)".