No thanks. UN not so interested in running ICANN.

The United Nations will not try to take the lead in determining the future of the Internet, the head of the U.N. telecommunications agency said Friday. Hamadoun Toure, a Malian who was elected director-general of the International Telecommunication Union in November, said the agency would be just one of many organizations involved in shaping the Internet’s development. “It is not my intention to take over the governance of the Internet,” Toure told reporters in Geneva at his first press conference. “There is no one single issue that can be dealt with by one organization alone.” He said the ITU would work with other agencies such as the quasi-independent Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, which manages the day-to-day flow of data across the Internet from its Marina del Rey, Calif., headquarters and oversees key rules that govern how computers communicate.

Read this AP article from the San Jose Mercury News and No Net governance changes expected from C|Net.  Follow ICANN governance news from this blog.

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