Agenda for Internet governance summit up in air

AP reports about the first U.N. summit on information technology. Who controls the Internet and how richer nations should subsidize its growth in poorer countries are central issues dividing planners a month ahead of the world conference.

More than 50 heads of state have confirmed their attendance at the Dec. 10-12 meeting in Geneva, but there’s still no agreement on what they’ll be asked to consider.

Among the major questions to be addressed are:

Should key decisions about controlling the Internet’s core systems remain with the U.S. government and a private organization of technical and business experts known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number, or ICANN?

How far should the summit explicitly embrace freedom of expression?

Should a separate funding pool be created to address the technology gap between richer and poorer nations?

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