Bret Fausett fisks the European Commissioner responsible for Information Society and Media in response to her claims that the US Government actually decides what new top level domains are added to the root.
Bret points out the EU Commissioner is either speaking from a position of total ignorance, or is seeking to mislead. I am not sure what is worse.
For those who don’t follow the issue closely – the role of the US Government is basically a rubber stamp. It has never ever not approved a recommendation from ICANN relating to new TLDs.
If the EU get their way, then decisions on new generic top level domains will be a matter for Governments such as China, Iran and Brazil.