Thursday, November 10, 2005

US against multinational role in Internet: France

Read the full Reuters/Yahoo!News article.

"The United States will not heed requests by the European Union and other countries to accept a multinational approach to running the Internet, a French government official said on Thursday.

"An international summit next week on how the Internet should be run was likely to end in stalemate, the official said.

"A U.N. report has put forward the multinational approach to running the Internet which serves a billion users worldwide, saying this would be more democratic and transparent, a view the 25 nations of the EU share.

"But the United States believes an international body running the Internet would slow the pace of innovation.

"A final round of talks on the report starts on Sunday to seek a global agreement on Internet governance before the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis on November 16-18.

"'It is possible that we only reach a consensus on the fact that discussions need to be pursued,' Jean-Michel Hubert, the French government's representative to the WSIS summit, told reporters in Paris in a pre-summit briefing."

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