SIIA Welcomes Proposal to Transfer Control of Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) Function to Multistakeholder Stewardship

For Immediate Release:
SIIA Communications Contact: Diane Pinto, 202.789.4480, dpinto@siia.net
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SIIA Welcomes Proposal to Transfer Control of Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) Function to Multistakeholder Stewardship
 
Washington D.C. (March 11,  2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), which represents software and digital content companies in the United States and Europe, today welcomed the transmittal of the proposal to place the responsibility for the Internet’s naming system under the control of the multistakeholder community.
 
Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:
 
“We welcome yesterday’s decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board to transmit a set of proposals to transfer to multistakeholder oversight the functioning of Internet’s address system, the Doman Name Server (DNS) system.   Now it is up to the U.S. Administration to review the proposal and for Congress to exercise its legitimate role.  
 
“ICANN plays a critical role in facilitating the digital trade that underpins worldwide technological innovation.  SIIA encourages careful review of the proposals, particularly from the perspective of ensuring multistakeholder, as opposed to inter-governmental, control over the Internet.   SIIA has supported the transition from its March 14, 2014 announcement, subject to the new arrangement meeting the conditions established by the U.S. government.” 
 
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