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EU Commission pushes to dilute U.S. Internet influence

12
Feb
2014

By John O’Donnell BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission called on Wednesday for a dilution of U.S. influence over the organization of the Internet, a sign of tension following snooping exposed by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. The European Union’s executive arm stopped short of demanding greater government control as some countries like China and Russia have pushed for. Currently, ICANN, a California-based organization operating under a contract with the U.S. government, oversees the introduction of new internet addresses. “Europe must contribute to a credible way forward for global internet governance,” said Neelie Kroes, the commissioner in charge of telecoms policy.

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