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The 100 People Who Will Shape The Future of The Internet

Posted on the 24 October 2014 by Worldwide @thedomains

Kieren McCarthy wrote a piece on about the 100 people who will shape the future of the Internet. The article takes a look at the Cross Community Working Group who will set out to propose the right transition plan for IANA.

From the article:

Unfortunately, despite having had nearly 14 years to think about it, the process for deciding how to move the global internet and its addressing systems out from under a US government contract will be decided in the next four weeks. By 100 people. Mostly over email.

The CWG, or Cross Community Working Group (CWG) to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions, to give it its full title, has until 27 November to complete its deliberations.

The group has 19 official members and 78 participants as of Wednesday morning when it held its third conference call. Its first meeting was also a conference call held on 6 October; the second was a face-to-face meeting held during lunchtime at an ICANN meeting in Los Angeles, California. Since then, both co-chairs have dropped out, one being replaced just in time to chair the meeting at 6am PST on Wednesday.

The CWG will decide how the Internet’s entire naming systems will be transitioned to as an as-yet unidentified organization in an as-yet unknown process containing as-yet unknown details.

The article goes on to note that the deadline falls on Thanksgiving, and how other meetings can only be attended by just 1/6 of the group.

Read the full story on TheRegister

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