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What Trump means for ICANN


Will he try to mess with ICANN?

It might seem silly to think right now about what a Trump presidency means for ICANN. Will he try to pull back control of ICANN at the behest of Ted Cruz? Could he?

Speaking to Scientific American, Robert Atkinson, president of the non-partisan think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) had this to say:

Could the Trump administration reverse the decision to give the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) autonomy from the U.S. Department of Commerce?
I don’t know if the president has the power to change this, but even if they had the power I don’t think they’d do it. The horse has left the barn. There would be too much outrage on the Hill and internationally. This isn’t a fight they’re going to take on. ICANN had an agreement with the U.S. government where the government had some control in the background over ICANN’s role of managing the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).

That tether has been cut, but I think the Trump will monitor them to make sure ICANN lives up to what they said they would do and not allow other countries to take a larger role in Internet governance.

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