U.S. Transitions Control Over Critical Internet Functions – Implications for the LGBT Community

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

In a historic move last month, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it would not renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is set to expire on September 30, 2015. With this announcement, NTIA is transitioning its limited role in overseeing the Domain Name System (DNS) and other critical functions of the Internet, the last step in handing over Internet oversight from governmental to global control. In the statement, NTIA called on ICANN to work with the global Internet community in establishing a multi-stakeholder model that would overtake Internet oversight, emphasizing the importance of a solution with little control by a governmental entity or inter-governmental organization. Ambadassor David Gross, former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy welcomed the transition, stating that