Libertarian dilemma – Internet edition

Should libertarians like this outcome?

The US government has relaxed its control over how the internet is run.

It has signed a four-page “affirmation of commitments” with the net regulator Icann, giving the body autonomy for the first time.

Previous agreements gave the US close oversight of Icann – drawing criticism from other countries and groups.

I’m sure we’re supposed to like that the federal government is giving up some of its control (I wonder how game theory or public choice theory explains that), but does it count if they’re just handing the reigns over more fully to a different institution?

This is just some loose speculation. I’m fairly certain that Icann has some critical function for smooth operation and, more importantly, organization, of the internet.

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  1. Oliver says:

    I’m guessing a lot of non-Americans might feel pretty good about this. I would be anxious if, say, Australia or New Zealand maintained at substantial amount control over the internet.

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