Internet control ‘nears autonomy’
September 30th, 2006

The US government says it will maintain oversight of the internet but with far less hands-on involvement, reports the BBC

Icann, the body which oversees the future of the net on behalf of the US, has been given more independence in a new agreement for the next three years.

Dr Paul Twomey, ceo of Icann, said the deal was “a major step forward for Icann autonomy”.

The US government has pledged to cede control of the net to private sector hands at an unspecified future point.

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