Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Stephanie Phibbs, of the Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace, the group which organized and hosted the network's founding conference. She explains how and why the network was formed, and describes some of the group's action plans.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers was formed in 1998 behind closed doors by bureuacrats inside the US Department of Commerce and their friends from the corporate sector. At most ICANN should only be responsible for keeping track of domain assignments and acting as a repository for technical data about the domain system. Instead ICANN is bullying itself into the position of World Government over the Internet, in the corporate interest, casting the rights of individuals to the wayside.