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US government loosens its control over the web


Today, the US government gave up a major portion of its control over the day-to-day functions of the internet, as the US Department of Commerce announced it was giving up its oversight role over ICANN, the standards group responsible for maintaining unique IP addresses, domain names and other basic functions of web governance. ICANN was founded in 1998 as a government contractor, responsible for maintaining a fair and orderly web, but it has taken several steps away from government control in recent years. Prior to the latest changes, the Department of Commerce served on the groups Government Advisory Board, but it now appears the group will break away from governmental oversight entirely, functioning as an independent organization for the foreseeable future. The move comes as particularly urgent in the wake of recent NSA revelations, which have seen the surveillance agency weaken encryption standards and attack many of the fundamental protocols for web security.

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MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018



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