By Frances Williams in Geneva
Published: September 30 2005 20:24 | Last updated: September 30 2005 20:24
Washington remained unmoved on Friday in the face of international pressure for it to relinquish its exclusive control of the internet addressing system that enables the world's computers to communicate with each other.
The system is currently managed by the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), a non-profit foundation under contract to the US Department of Commerce.
My initial response goes something like this:
"The Internet" as it's known today, was invented here (In the U.S.). Most of the technology that made the communication possible at the dawn of ARPA-Net was invented here. I don't see what the problem is with ICANN being based in the US. If some other country can build a network better than the one we started, they can control the address and naming assignments for the rest of the world on their network.