Deal avoids Internet split

At least this is partly good news, though reading between the lines I would say the forces opposed to US control of the Net will certainly try again later.

The agreement set up two parallel tracks of talks, one an open-ended process “toward enhanced cooperation” by “relevant international organisations” on public policy issues, to be triggered by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan early next year, according to the final draft.

The other creates an Intergovernmental Forum (IGF) to hold talks on all Internet issues, including problems such as as spam, cyber crime or computer viruses.

Officials said the private non-profit Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was likely to exist even with its tender due for renewal by the US Government next northern summer, since nothing in the final draft ruled it out.

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