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Internet battle lines drawn at extraordinary Geneva meeting

Internet battle lines were drawn at an extraordinary meeting in Geneva this week. The non-descript “ccTLD workshop” hosted by the International Telecommunication Union on 3-4 March attracted a stellar cast including ICANN president Stuart Lynn, ITU secretary general Yoshio Utsumi and leading representatives of just about every major organisation dealing with the Internet today. Why the huge fuss? Because the meeting threatened to turn into a caucus where rising resentment against ICANN and its attempt to stamp ultimate authority over the Internet could have escalated into international agreement and action. Many country domain managers are furious at ICANN’s constant efforts to get them to sign up to a new set of ICANN terms and conditions – often under threat of withholding vital services – that would effectively hand over control of their domain to the organisation. Full Story

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