Placing the Internet under UN auspices "is now firmly on the international agenda," reports the Financial Times. Such nations as Brazil, India, South Africa, China, and Saudi Arabia want to dump ICANN and the current model of minimal regulation and commercial development.
Writes the FT, "The critics argue that the internet is a public resource that should be managed by national governments and, at an international level, by an intergovernmental body such as the International Telecommunications Union…."
The issue will be addressed next month at an information summit in Geneva, though it won't be resolved there. International information bureaucrats hope to have an accord by 2005.