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Cutting U.S. ties to the Net

Cutting U.S. ties to the Net

No government or interest group should control the Internet. On that point you'll find broad agreement, particularly among the world's democracies. The United States, however, has final say over one small but important aspect of the net: keeping track of the list of “top level domains,” such as .com and .org.

Whether that's a good thing or a bad one depends on how much you trust the United States. Congress has voted to preserve the Commerce Department's connection to the Internet's name-and-address system at least through Sept. 30. But ever since Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S. surveillance of the net, much of the rest of the world has been trying to put the...

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