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June 16, 2016
US agency endorses plan to cede Internet oversight
San Francisco (AFP) June 9, 2016
The US administration on Thursday endorsed a plan to cede its oversight of the gatekeeper of Internet addresses to the broader online community. Commerce Department assistant secretary for communications and information Lawrence Strickling told AFP that the proposal from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meets the criteria set by the US administration. The plan aims to maintain Internet governance under a "multi-stakeholder" model which avoids control of the online ... read more

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