The annual Internet Governance Forum conference has convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and once again the hot topic of discussion is the disproportionate amount of control U.S. based firms --primarily the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers--have over the distribution and handling of Internet domains and addresses.
One of the top issues for IGF members outside the U.S. is to see more domain suffixes issued in languages besides English. If we're going to see any change in how such issues are handled, it may up to the U.S. and ICANN to make a move, since the IGF has no enforcement power.
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