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By Grant Gross Feb 11, 2014 1:32 PM
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The European Union will push for diminished U.S. influence on Internet governance because of “loss of confidence” in the current U.S.-centric model, according to a news report.

The European Commission, the executive arm of the E.U., is set Wednesday to propose a series of steps to globalize Internet governance functions, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing an E.U. draft policy paper. The proposal is sparked by revelations of mass U.S. surveillance activities online, the newspaper said.

"Large-scale surveillance and intelligence activities have ... led to a loss of confidence in the Internet and its present governance arrangements,” the Journal quotes the policy paper as saying.

ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), with headquarters in California, currently oversees Internet governance issues, including the assignment of top-level domains. The U.S. government and ICANN have a long-standing operating agreement, but in recent years, many countries have questioned the arrangement.

The European policy paper seems to reject a U.N. takeover of Internet governance functions, by rejecting calls for a new international legal regime. The paper calls for a multistakeholder process that ICANN trumpets as its current model. An ICANN spokesman didn’t have an immediate comment on the proposal, while an E.U. spokeswoman wasn’t immediately available for comment.

"The Internet should remain a single, open, free, unfragmented network of networks, subject to the same laws and norms that apply in other areas of our day-to-day lives,” the E.U. document said, according to the Journal. “Its governance should be based on an inclusive, transparent and accountable multistakeholder model.”

ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehade, since taking over the organization in mid-2012, has concentrated on giving ICANN a more international focus, and he’s opened offices in Turkey, Singapore, Beijing and Geneva.

Governments including Russia, China and Brazil have called for more international governance of the Internet in recent years. Since last year’s revelations about broad U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, Brazil has proposed to wall off its Internet traffic from U.S. networks.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2096880/report-eu-to-push-to-reduce-us-role-in-internet-governance.html

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I know USA has the NSA, but by "globalize", I am sure they mean giving more power to the EU countries currently playing around with censorship, and the various EU countries implementing piracy blocks against torrent sites.

Also they probably spy, too, so really no country government should hold the power to shape/control the internet, just hold web operators accountable for crimes instead of filter bullshit.

Indeed and it's a very socialist view, no one is entitled to some else' work even if you have become depended on it. That is your problem, not that of the creator. The us created the internet, so it's only fair they control it, if you don't like that create your own internet

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this Quote "The Internet should remain a single, open, free, unfragmented network of networks, subject to the same laws and norms that apply in other areas of our day-to-day lives,” the E.U. document said, according to the Journal. “Its governance should be based on an inclusive, transparent and accountable multistakeholder model.”

Very Well Said, but in Practicality Certainly Impossible to Implement !! There are lot of Impediments, Loopholes and Irreconcilable Differences that would just Kick the Idea Kaput .. Even before Snowden Issue, Most Governments did not Trust each other - Allies Et al .. And After the Snowden Leaks, it just gave them more Conviction to Seek Alternatives and Fast too ... In the Near Future, we might be seeing Countries Developing their own Internet as some have already been Secretly working on it for some time .... Cheers ...

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Indeed and it's a very socialist view, no one is entitled to some else' work even if you have become depended on it. That is your problem, not that of the creator. The us created the internet, so it's only fair they control it, if you don't like that create your own internet

And since the WWW, HTTP and HTML is a CERN creation based in Switzerland and France, the WWW as we know it today should be controlled from the EU, right and if you don't like it, create your own WWW, HTTP and HTML.

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Indeed and it's a very socialist view, no one is entitled to some else' work even if you have become depended on it. That is your problem, not that of the creator. The us created the internet, so it's only fair they control it, if you don't like that create your own internet

And since the WWW, HTTP and HTML is a CERN creation based in Switzerland and France, the WWW as we know it today should be controlled from the EU, right and if you don't like it, create your own WWW, HTTP and HTML.

These are just protocols being used on the internet, the network still is a us invention. CERN is officially a swiss institution and the swiss wisely decided to stay out of the eussr...

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