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US Government decides to leave key Internet governance role with ICANN

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http://www.itwire.com – Written by: Stuart CornerThe US Government has awarded ICANN a new contract to manage the Internet, ending six months of uncertainty after it refused to renew the previous contract, instead opting to give ICANN only a six month extension. {loadposition stuart} Under the contract, awarded by the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), ICANN will continue to perform the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions.According to ICANN this role requires: "The global coordination of unique identifiers that keep the Internet running smo (IT news)