WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) voted Nov. 16 in Tunis to retain U.S. oversight of the Internet. The Bush administration and Congress pushed for an Internet free of intergovernmental oversight or control.
Negotiators at the WSIS conference agreed that the U.S. would retain oversight of the domain-name system, a key issue in the weeks leading up to the Tunis conference.
According to an announcement by Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., a leading proponent for continued U.S. oversight, the WSIS did not call for new oversight of the Internet nor make references to or debate a new cooperation model. Additionally, there were no restrictions on the technical management of the Domain Name System.
WSIS delegates will hold a follow-up forum next year in Greece. The forum will be open to full participation of stakeholders in the Internet.