Monday, February 17, 2014
E.U. Bids To End U.S. Dominance In Internet Control
Via EUobserver: The European Commission wants to end U.S. control over the governance of the internet. The E.U. paper on "Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" calls for an international group to replace the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages the assignation of domains such as .com, .co.uk and .org to new websites. At present, the United States is the center of power behind the structure of the internet. E.U. digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes called for "a timeline to globalize ICANN" and warned that the web should not be allowed to "unravel into a series of regional or national networks".