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US gives up its remaining control over the internet to ICANN

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Forty seven years after the first message was sent over the forerunner to today’s pervasive global network, the US has given up its remaining control over the internet.

The formal handover, which took effect on Saturday, followed a last-ditch attempt by a group of Republicans to block the move. They had argued that the US concession would open to the door for authoritarian governments get control of the network of networks, leading to greater censorship.

However, supporters of the handover plan maintained that it was the only way to prevent a greater threat to the internet, since foreign governments who resented the US control would end up walling off their own national networks, eventually Balkanising the global system. – READ MORE

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