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U.N. Internet Policy Off Course, Pioneer Says

The United Nations is veering off-track in its discussions on whether government officials should set Internet policy, a founding father of the network said on Wednesday. Instead, governments should join together to fight electronic crime globally and develop best practices to encourage the growth of Internet commerce, said Vinton Cerf, who helped invent the Internet’s early architecture. “We need the U.N. to foster global standards, global frameworks,” said Cerf, who is chairman of ICANN, the U.S.-based body governing Internet domain names. “We don’t need redundant coordinating bodies, but what we do need and don’t have are parts of the U.N. to look at issues such as electronic commerce, the question of digital signatures, tax, fraud and enforcement.” Full Story

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