EU: Rejection of .xxx proof of US meddling in ICANN

ICANN decision a 'clear case of political interference,' EU spokesman says.

The European Commission yesterday reacted angrily to ICANN's rejection of the .xxx domain, calling it proof of US interference in Internet governance, Reuters reports.

An EU executive said the decision underscored the need to make ICANN independent quickly, following unsuccessful demands last year by a group of countries including the EU to make ICANN fully independent.

"We see here a first clear case of political interference in ICANN," said Martin Selmayr, spokesman for EU Information Society and Media Commissioner, Viviane Reding.

He said the Bush Administration interfered in ICANN's deliberations. ICANN said in a statement on Wednesday that its discussion had focused on issues such as sponsorship, compliance issues and public policy concerns.

Selmayr urged further steps to complete the privatization of ICANN in the course of this year to release it from the oversight of the Department of Commerce.

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