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The US won't end its internet oversight for another year


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If you were looking forward to the US relinquishing its internet oversight at the end of September... well, you'll be disappointed. The Department of Commerce has delayed the transition by "at least" a year. Simply put, the community isn't yet ready to take the reins -- it won't have time to both submit and implement its plans, which need a government rubber stamp to go ahead. The breathing room should give ICANN and friends a smoother transition that keeps the internet's domain name system out of the hands of governments and other parties that might want to limit free speech or privacy. There's no certainty that this is the last delay, but the Commerce Department can extend its ICANN partnership for up to three more years if there's a particularly serious logjam.

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