Internet governance interests me and I have been following this story for a while now, and the concern by the European Union that the U.S. share governance is clearly is not going away.
According to a Reuters story posted on Yahoo! News, "The European Commission on Friday took a swipe at U.S. oversight of the Internet but offered no concrete alternatives, in advance of an international summit on how the Internet should be run. A U.N. report has proposed a multinational approach as a more democratic and clearer way of running the Internet. The controversy centers around the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The U.S. Commerce Department has ultimate control of the root zone file, and Washington made clear recently it intends to maintain that role. The U.S. Commerce Department was expected to surrender its control of ICANN, but said in July it would ‘maintain its historic role in authorizing changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file.’ The European Union will try to reach agreement at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis on Wednesday and Thursday. But the United States has said it will not agree to any changes."