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US stymies UN net body

THE United States is determined to prevent the creation of a new UN body to control the internet and will fight for freedom of expression to be highlighted this month at the first-ever world summit on information technology. According to the State Department’s coordinator for international communications and information policy, David Gross, Washington would not support an African-backed proposal for a UN “digital solidarity fund” to finance internet infrastructure projects in the developing world. Mr Gross, who will lead the US delegation to the December 10-12 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, said he was confident that US views would be heard, even if it had to be done through a separate statement. Full Story

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