It’s amazing what happens when you start being nice to people.
[tag]ICANN[/tag] has just been given a far cheque for $190,000 from – get this – a number of [tag]CENTR[/tag] members i.e. the people that run Europe’s country-code top level domains, for helping them make their lives easier.
There are 10 countries behind it: most significantly Germany, which has exchanged letters with ICANN but still refuses to officially join ICANN’s ccNSO organisation. The money has been building up for a few years under the name the “Internet Infrastructure Improvement Account”. The fund was basically a way to point out to ICANN two things:
- You can stick your IANA delays and attempts to pressure us into contracts up your arse, and;
- We do have money and we are willing to give you money if you stop playing games
ICANN has largely stopped playing those games (it must be said more through forced pragmatism than any new-found love of ccTLD owners), but most importantly it got in David Conrad to run IANA, and then Mr Conrad brokered the eIANA deal (which is still a bit foggy).
What does this mean? It means that countries across the globe will be able to make vital high-level infrastructural changes to their country’s Internet without having to run everything through a couple of people in Los Angeles.
The countries like this. And they want to help. So they have handed over $190,000 to help fund their help. Now ain’t that nice?