September 29, 2005

Who Gets To “Own” Root? [5:04 pm]

U.S. Insists on Keeping Control of Web [pdf]

A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium’s principal overseer.

“We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet,” said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. “Some countries want that. We think that’s unacceptable.”

Later: Declan McCullagh spells out the consequences: Power grab could split the Net

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