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Senator wants ICANN hearings

The actions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) are again attracting the attention of Washington lawmakers. Calling ICANN a "fundamentally flawed and ineffective governing entity," Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., is asking for more hearings into the body charged with administering domain names. In a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., Burns also tried bringing in the issue of national safety, asking whether ICANN should "be tasked with such a critical mission." ICANN, which received a barrage of criticism since its inception, came under fire most recently when the group's president, Stuart Lynn, proposed replacing board members from the public with government officials.

    The actions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) are again attracting the attention of Washington lawmakers. Calling ICANN a "fundamentally flawed and ineffective governing entity," Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., is asking for more hearings into the body charged with administering domain names. In a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., Burns also tried bringing in the issue of national safety, asking whether ICANN should "be tasked with such a critical mission."

    ICANN, which received a barrage of criticism since its inception, came under fire most recently when the group's president, Stuart Lynn, proposed replacing board members from the public with government officials.