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US to relinquish key oversight role over Internet

Published on Mar 15, 2014 10:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government has announced that it was giving up its key role overseeing the Internet's technical operations, handing over those functions to "the global multi-stakeholder community."

The move "marks the final phase of the privatisation" of the management of the Internet domain name system, said a statement from the US Commerce Department on Friday.

The US agency called for "global stakeholders to develop a proposal" for a transition to a new plan with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit group that took over some of the functions in 1997 under an agreement with the US government.

The decision comes with Washington under pressure following revelations about vast surveillance programmes operated by the secretive National Security Agency to collect intelligence and other data through a variety of methods.

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