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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

reporting the WSIS

Kieran McCarthy reports about the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva. This is the third meeting; the first meeting was in Geneva, the second in Tunis.

The main argument, McCarthy reports, right now is about who will "rule" the internet. According to the report, the US currently controls the internet, by which is meant control and governance of the DNS root servers and ICANN. Brazil and Iran would like that to change and have the ICANN as part of the United Nations; the US barks at the idea, as US ambassador David Gross himself said: "The United Nations will not be in charge of the internet. Period." That quote, a bit premature, did not go to well with everybody else, considering the meeting is convened at the UN, in order to discuss this very issue.

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