U.S. government pulls out of ICANN ( Domain Name Registration and Rules)

It may not mean much to most people but that is the US organization that controls all the domains of the world. The US being the biggest and most open nation has maintained control of the this organization through a relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. This is a government agency. This agreement is over in 2015 and the government does not want to continue it. They would like to see a world governing body. I think we all know that the white house is behind this.

This is a very dangerous move that could cause a lot of changes to the internet. It would allow countries like China and Russia to tighten control and slow down and stop some of the openness and freedom we now have.

The end of the contract means the NTIA will not be able to continue to push ICANN to improve its services, as it has in recent years, NetChoice executive director Steve DelBianco said. In addition, ICANN could now “escape its legal presence in the US, despite having many contracts that are adjudicated under U.S. law,” he said.

U.S. Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, called the announcement the “next phase” of a longtime commitment the U.S. government has made toward a global governance model.

Mobilized Web Sites

Now that over 50% of all web site views are done from smart phones. Tablets in the US are at around 10% and outside the US; tablets are around 50 – 60%. Businesses are beginning to learn this information and are having their site “mobilized”.

Businesses should remember that there are two types of mobile sites, mobile sites and responsive sites.

The first type is a mobile site (.mobi) that is separate from the desk top version. That means it needs additional content and must be modified separately from the main site. So it takes twice the time to update.

The second type is called a “responsive mobile web site”. This takes the original web site and changes the programming to make it respond to the size of the screen and set up appropriately. This, of course, means that you have only one web site and changes are done once. It also presents the content better and does not require going to the full web site to get content. Some think this is very impracticable when you are viewing on a smart phone. It defeats the purpose.

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