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Internet co-creator Cerf debunks 'myth' that US runs it

Published on Apr 25, 2014 7:34 AM
 
Google vice-president Vint Cerf delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the NETmundial – Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, on April 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While America played an outsized role in how the Internet was run when it was founded decades ago, that has long since ceased to be the case, Vint Cerf told Agence France-Presse on the sidelines of NetMundial, a conference in Brazil on Internet governance. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAO PAULO (AFP) - The Google executive considered to be one of the fathers of the Internet on Thursday debunked what he called the "myth" that it is controlled by the United States (US).

While America played an outsized role in how the Internet was run when it was founded decades ago, that has long since ceased to be the case, Vint Cerf told Agence France-Presse on the sidelines of NetMundial, a conference in Brazil on Internet governance.

"The USA doesn't control the Internet - that's a myth," Mr Cerf said in Sao Paulo.

"It may have when I was running the program 40 years ago, yes. But not anymore," the pioneering computer scientist said during a break in the two-day international gathering.

 
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