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New Internet body to be formed by UN.

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As a result of negotiations conducted prior to the United Nations's World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a new forum that will discuss issues affecting the Internet is to be formed by the UN. The forum is to be known as The Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

According to the BBC, a meeting to decide the structure of the group and what it should initially debate will be held in February.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) currently oversees the running of core net tasks with the permission of the US Department of Commerce.

The IGF will be powerless to implement its decisions but, according to the BBC, it is viewed by many as being the first step towards loosening the US hold on Icann.

Interested parties have been invited by the UN to participate in a consultation session on the forum's structure and topics for debate.

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