The public meeting of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in London from 22-26 Jul 2014 is noteworthy because it is the 50th and because United States control of the body faces a reenergized assault.
Based in Los Angeles, ICANN manages the Internet's domain-name system under a contract with the US Commerce Department. The United States has been able to fight off the challenge to its control, but can't count on its previous level of support from allies, many of whom are incensed that the US National Security Agency has been monitoring their communications. One proposal involves removing root zone management functions from ICANN and creating an independent and neutral private sector consortium to take them over. There has also been talk of transferring ICANN to United Nations control.
Date written/update: 2014-03-10