Internet domain name management: new blood to assist in the defence of states' interests
By June 2011 at the latest, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), a body of the council of ICANN – the organisation responsible for registering internet address at the top level – will be able to count on the support of a new secretariat.
At its meeting in June 2010, the GAC agreed on the establishment of a new secretariat which is intended to provide support to members of this body, which brings together states and international organisations (the International Telecommunication Union and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, etc.) and represents their interests within ICANN. This new entity is expected to be operational by June 2011 at the latest. Three countries – Brazil, Norway and the Netherlands – have proposed hosting and financing this secretariat for a period of 5 years. An evaluation after three years will enable the longer-term future of this secretariat to be envisaged.
The GAC and ICANN
The Governmental Advisory Committee gives advice and formulates recommendations on ICANN's activities concerning issues of public interest related to administration of the internet addressing system.
For its part, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is an American not-for-profit corporation which is responsible for coordination of the internet addressing system and more specifically of the domain name system.