Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Internet Is Safe

. . . at least for the time being. CNN reports that a deal has been struck to leave "control" of the Internet in the hands of ICANN:

Negotiators from more than 100 countries agreed late Tuesday to leave the United States in charge of the Internet's addressing system, averting a U.S.-EU showdown at this week's U.N. technology summit.

U.S. officials said early Wednesday that instead of transferring management of the system to an international body such as the United Nations, an international forum would be created to address concerns. The forum, however, would have no binding authority.

The UN with control over the Internet? As they like to say on Fark, what could possibly go wrong?