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Internet Governance - Domain Names

Internet Governance - Domain Names

Published on March 19, 2014
Joint Statement by France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Digital Economy

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Fleur Pellerin, Minister Delegate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy, welcome the American authorities’ announcement that they would relinquish their control over domain names on September 20, 2015. This announcement makes it possible to imagine, for example, that any request to change the “.fr” extension could be made in the future without the approval of U.S. officials.

Long called for by France, this decision represents a first step in the establishment of a truly multi-actor, global Internet governance framework necessary to preserving an open, secure Internet. For France, other steps must follow, particularly so that the role of nations sharing the same principles and objectives is not limited to consultation within ICANN, making the legal structure of this forum more international and promoting coordination between entities dealing with Internet governance.

France intends to actively participate in this evolution in global Internet governance, starting at ICANN’s next meeting in Singapore this weekend, and during the NETmundial meeting on the future of Internet governance in Sao Paulo on April 23 and 24, which should make it possible to establish a global roadmap on the subject.

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