Only 38% of respondents to our survey approve of transferring control of the internet and domain name system to an international body.
[Editors note: this is the ninth in a series of posts with results from the 2006 Domain Name Wire survey. The complete results of the survey will be posted soon.]
Even though 83% of respondents to the 2006 Domain Name Wire Survey were from outside the US, only 38% thought it a good idea to transfer control of the internet to an international body. ICANN is chartered by the US with responsibility for the international internet. If you are unfamiliar with this issue and the fight to take control away from the US, read these previous posts.
Domainers that own more than 1,000 domains are even more opposed to transferring power. Only 24% of these major players approve. This suggests that the domain name industry values the stability of the existing environment. People think a transfer of control to an international body will slow innovation to the pace of a turtle (witness the United Nations). Others worry about giving China any say in how the internet is operated.