U.S.-EU Showdown Averted over Control of the World Wide Web

Thank God the Internet is safe for now! Having the UN in control over the Internet would amount to censorship. I hope the UN just gives up this pursuit. It would stifle innovation, and delay progress. In effect, it would have the opposite effect of what they intended–to reduce the technology gap.

Negotiators from more than 100 countries agreed late Tuesday to leave the United States in charge of the Internet’s addressing system, averting a U.S.-EU showdown at this week’s U.N. technology summit.

U.S. officials said early Wednesday that instead of transferring management of the system to an international body such as the United Nations, an international forum would be created to address concerns. The forum, however, would have no binding authority.

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