Ukraine demanded to speak to the Internet CEO, in an effort to have Russian domains removed from the global web.
internet not working really have a CEO, but they have a non-profit organization that manages global web domains.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an American organization that has come together to maintain and coordinate the Internet. Some of their main responsibilities include IP address management and domain name governance.
ICANN has confirmed that the Ukrainian government has approached them, asking the organization to remove Russian websites from the Internet so they can no longer share pro-war propaganda.
According to rolling stonethe letter from the Ukrainian government asked ICANN “revoke domains issued in Russia and shut down the main domain name system servers in the country, a move that would effectively block access to Russian websites, with the potential to put the entire country offline.”
ICANN spokeswoman Angelina Lopez responded to the request, confirming that the organization did receive the letter, but “I have no further comment at this time.”
The request is unlikely to be granted, but if ICANN follows through, it could change the internet forever.
Removing Russian domains could prompt other countries to also remove their own domains from ICANN, which could lead to the “balkanization” of the Internet.
If you have no idea what that means, we hear you. In simple terms, this means that the Internet could split into smaller divisions, accessible only from this region.
It would be a huge step backwards for the World Wide Web, undoing the revolutionary global access it currently provides.
On the other hand, ICANN could single-handedly cripple the Russian economy, and Vladimir Putin would forever be remembered as the man who destroyed Russia.