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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

US retains hold of the internet nations.

Negotiators worked late into the night on a deal

The US has won its fight to stay in charge of the internet, despite opposition from many nations.
In an eleventh-hour agreement ahead of a UN internet summit in Tunis, Tunisia, negotiators agreed to leave the US in charge of the net's addressing system.
Instead an international forum will be set up to discuss net issues, although it will not have any binding authority.
The deal clears the way for the summit to focus on how poorer nations can benefit from the digital revolution.
About 10,000 delegates, including world leaders, technology experts and campaigners, are expected at the three-day World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis.

Read full article: BBC

We did not change anything on the role of the US government with regard to the technical aspects that we were very concerned about.

David Gross, US State Department


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