As ICANN Guard Changes, Who Will Be On Guard?

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The decision by the U.S. to relinquish oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that oversees technical functions of the Internet, heightens the need for greater oversight of cybersquatting, according to the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse.

"Now is the time to promote legislation that protects our consumers," said CADNA President Josh Bourne. "The globalization of ICANN is a major moment in Internet history that will require a renewed push to fend off the fraud, phishing, and other criminal behavior that plagues Internet users."

The U.S. relinquishment of ICANN is the culmination of a process initiated in 1998 when ICANN was established through the Department of Commerce, with the idea that one day the reins of Internet leadership would be passed to the broader global community.

The 2009 Affirmation of Commitments, which loosened the policy ties between the U.S. and ICANN, was one step in that process. Now, with the recent National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance revelations, the timeline for unraveling technical ties has been accelerated.

The U.S. contract with ICANN expires in 2015, at which time ICANN and the multistakeholder community that support it will have full control over the Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA), which coordinates the Domain Name System.

Without U.S. oversight, CADNA's advocacy against cybersquatting - through education, strengthening national anti-cybersquatting legislation, and seeking cooperation from other countries – will be that much more in the public interest.

To find out how to participate in CADNA's efforts to reduce instances of cybersquatting through education and strengthening anti-cybersquatting legislation, please contact us at: http://cadna.org/contact/.

About CADNA

CADNA works on behalf of the public interest to combat cybersquatting and cyber criminals for a safer, more rewarding online experience. Through education, advocacy, and collaboration, we seek a strong and effective national policy to deter online criminals and protect all Internet users.

CONTACT: Leslie Phillips 202-499-4419 leslie@cadna.orgSource: The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse