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Meeting in Singapore will discuss future of control over the Internet

Published on Mar 21, 2014 2:24 PM

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Stakeholders meet in Singapore next Monday to discuss the future of the Internet after the United States said it will hand over stewardship of its technical operations to a global group including businesses and governments.

The US Commerce Department's National Telecommunication and Information Administration announced the move on March 14, saying it marked the "final phase of the privatisation" of the Internet's domain name system.

Control of the web has taken on geopolitical overtones with countries including China and Russia wanting management to be turned over to a body of national governments, a push Washington has said would impinge on the Internet's openness.

The European Commission has also called for governance to become more global, but supports the US approach of having diverse stakeholders - not purely national governments - do the job.

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