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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Blocks UN Control of Internet

PRINCETON, New Jersey -- The United States, with the support of the European Union, Japan and Canada, scuttled an attempt by developing countries to put the United Nations or its member governments in charge of the Internet, The Washington Times reported Monday.

The head of the U.S. delegation, Ambassador David Gross, and Paul Twomey, president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, the group that coordinates Internet servers and domain names, praised the decision to leave Internet governance as a partnership of governments, the private sector, and organizations independent of government or business, the Times said.

Governments at the World Summit on the Information Society, which opens Wednesday in Geneva, will ask UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set up a group to investigate and make proposals on Internet governance by 2005, the newspaper said.