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US to have less control over the Internet

The US government is expected relinquish much of its control over the Internet in the coming days when it signs a new agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).In recent years bodies such as the European Commission have expressed concern over the US government’s exclusive oversight of the ICANN and control over the Internet, considered by most to be an international resource.The move is expected to lead to the creation of a new committee for the purpose of Internet governance.ICANN has said that it will make an announcement regarding the expiration of its decade old agreement with the US government in the next few days.ICANN was formed in 1998, and is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation that coordinates the Internet’s naming system.

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