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Plan Approved to Shift Control of Internet From US - ICANN
« on: March 14, 2016, 08:46:05 AM »

Members of ICANN, the U.S.-based non-profit agency that has managed oversight of the international Internet since its creation, agreed upon a final framework agreement that would shift oversight to a global body.

Meeting in Morocco this week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, approved a plan to transfer technical oversight of the web to an international team of stakeholders. The plan now goes before the U.S. Department of Commerce for final approval.

The controversial plan has been a priority for the Obama Administration, and has earned support from a number of high-tech firms, such as Google, Facebook, Verizon and others. Critics worry that ceding control of the Internet to an international group that could include nations such as China, Russia, Iran and others would lead to less freedom and more surveillance online.


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