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U.S. cedes control over Icann

The body that oversees some of the core mechanisms of the internet, has been granted independence from the United States government.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the body that oversees some of the core mechanisms of the internet, has been granted independence from the United States government.

On Wednesday, Icann and the US Department of Commerce announced that they had signed a new agreement that states the internet body is "independent and not controlled by any one entity". It also commits Icann to remaining a private, not-for-profit organization.

"One world, one internet, everyone connected — this is our goal at Icann," Rod Beckstrom, Icann's chief executive, said in a statement.

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