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[April 23, 2014]
Battle For Control Of Net Kicks Off In Brazil
(Sky News (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The battle for control of the internet reaches a new phase today when 850 experts thrash out its future in Brazil.
Last month, the US announced it plans to give up oversight of the way net addresses are distributed.
Today hundreds of government officials, technical experts and academics are meeting at the NetMundial conference in Sao Paulo to discuss who should oversee the internet in future.
China and Russia want the United Nations to have some say over how the internet is controlled, while the US and parts of Europe say it should be at arms-length from government control.
A draft outcome document has been drawn up for discussion. The final text will not be binding.
The US currently oversees the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), but is willing to relinquish control by September 2015.
Officials from countries including China, the US and Great Britain will attend the two-day conference, which will be opened later by Brazil president Dilma Rousseff.
Organisers say every attendee – from academics to government officials - will have an equal voice.
The goal is to agree on principles that could form the basis of later internet governance discussions.
It is expected that despite the non-binding nature of the discussions, an accord will be hard to reach.
(c) Sky News 2014
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