U.S. Set to Give up Its Last Power Over the Internet

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The U.S. government will give up its last measure of control over the Internet, possibly as soon as next year.

An agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is set to expire in 2015 and will not be renewed, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The details of the handover are not set yet. A commerce official told the Post that a new oversight body must be created first. The U.S. role in web domain management has been among the last pieces of the Internet under the government’s control

The U.S. has been widely criticized for its control of aspects of the Internet, particularly in light of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the actions of the National Security Agency. The EU recently called for a replacement to ICANN in an effort to minimize U.S. control. Read more…

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