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Monday, October 10, 2005

USA Forced to Give up Root Control of Internet

[Media: Article]

This is an interesting issue, one that I believe many people will pay little attention to, but it will probably have historical value years from now. The United Nations have decided that the US should not retain control of Root Control of the Internet, something that the US seems quite unhappy about. Personally I feel it will have little effect on individual Internet users, and this is a measure to give the larger global community more control over how the Internet is handled. But it definitely sounds like the US is very grumpy right now.

Old allies in world politics, representatives from the UK and US sat just feet away from each other, but all looked straight ahead as Hendon explained the EU had decided to end the US government's unilateral control of the internet and put in place a new body that would now run this revolutionary communications medium.

The issue of who should control the net had proved an extremely divisive issue, and for 11 days the world's governments traded blows. For the vast majority of people who use the internet, the only real concern is getting on it. But with the internet now essential to countries' basic infrastructure - Brazil relies on it for 90% of its tax collection - the question of who has control has become critical.

Link (via Boing Boing)