The U.S. Commerce Department retains oversight over the internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization that handles network-address issues. The department recently extended those conditions for another three years, but promised to be less actively engaged with ICANN.
“Concerning ICANN … we believe, like the European Union, it should slowly become independent, and not to be subject any government influence,” Liapis said. “We would like to see ICANN become autonomous and work under the rules of the free market. And I think that is the direction we are headed.”