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Entry 250, on 2005-11-17 at 14:34:21 (Rating 2, Computers)

I was pleased to see that the existing system to control the basic domains available on the Internet will be kept in place. This was a major issue at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). There has been some pressure to take control from the non-profit US-based ICANN and give it to individual countries, or some sort of UN committee.

The Internet is global, and ideally it wouldn't be controlled from a specific country, but the current system works quite well, and the countries wanting change (China, Saudi Arabia, etc) don't exactly have a great record regarding freedom of information, so their motives must be highly suspicious.

The 'net also primarily grew out of research done by DARPA in the US, during the 60s. The most visible Internet service, the world wide web, came from Europe, and the Internet itself is truly international, but the US must be considered its home, and maintaining the operation of ICANN there just seems reasonable.

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