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In her weekly video message, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, called for the body that assigns internet addresses to shed its US government links. Ever since the birth of the internet as a Pentagon project, it has been under different forms of US government supervision. For the past decade, day-to-day responsibility for managing the assignment of domain names and IP addresses has been in the hands of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN has been registered in the state of California as a not-for-profit corporation. "In the long run, it is not defensible that the government department of only one country has oversight of an internet function which is used by hundreds of millions of people in countries all over the world," Reding said.

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Title Annotation:FOREIGN BRIEFS
Publication:The Sofia Echo (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Date:May 8, 2009
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