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[alac] At WSIS, last minute EU change on Internet governance

  • To: "ALAC" <alac@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [alac] At WSIS, last minute EU change on Internet governance
  • From: "John R Levine" <johnl@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 30 Sep 2005 02:31:18 -0400

The last pre-Tunis WSIS meeting has been going on in Geneva for the past
two weeks, and ends today.  According to today's Herald Tribune, yesterday
the EU changed its position on Internet governance:

  The United States lost its only ally late Wednesday when the EU made
  a surprise proposal to create an intergovernmental body that would
  set principles for running the Internet. Currently, the
  U.S. Commerce Department approves changes to the Internet's "root
  zone files," which are administered by the Internet Corporation for
  Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, a nonprofit organization based
  in Marina del Rey, California.

This makes it extremely unlikely that there will be a consensus
position to report out when the meetings end this afternoon.


There's a compilation of all the proposed changes to the report at

John Levine, johnl@xxxxxxxx, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, Mayor
"A book is a sneeze." - E.B. White, on the writing of Charlotte's Web

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