The Battle of ICANN

The New York Times reports that, as expected, ICANN’s failure is encouraging the UN to attempt a governmental takeover of the Internet:

“Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh, though, said he planned to propose that Icann be
placed under the umbrella of a United Nations communications task force
that gives equal status to government, private sector and
nongovernmental organizations.”

It’s worrisome that ICANN insiders still think the best response is to
insist that ICANN is just a boring technical coordination body. 
If that were the case, ICANN wouldn’t have nearly the influence,
visibility, and funding level it enjoys.  The Times story leads
off by calling ICANN “the Internet’s semi-official governing body,”
which isn’t correct but is sufficiently well-accepted that it hardly
matters.