Wednesday, November 16, 2005

US To Stay In Control of Domain Names

The United States will keep control of the domain names. This is according to a 20 page document passed by the summit.

"Let me be absolutely clear: the United Nations does not want to take over, police or otherwise control the Internet," said UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. "Day-to-day running of the Internet must be left to technical institutions, not least to shield it from the heat of day to day politics."

A California non-profit body known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, will continue to oversee the system that matches addresses like "" with numerical addresses that computers can understand. Individual countries will have mostly control over their domain names. But, with the oversight of the domain names kept by the US, it is a setback for the European Union and other countries, such as Iran, China, and Pakistan, who have pushed for international control by the United Nations.

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