Back-room lobbying, there's mail from Rice

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. Its biggest controversy came with the proposition put forward by the EU a month earlier that there be a new inter-governmental body that oversee ICANN. The US government -- which currently enjoys unilateral control over the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

infrastructure -- was furious and launched an enormous lobbying campaign, both public and private, across the board to retain its position. 'The Register' has published what it said was the first full-text version of a strongly-worded letter sent by the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the UK foreign minister Jack Straw, acting in the role of presidency of the EU.
November's World Summit in Tunis was overshadowed by the global argument over internet governance. Its biggest controversy came with the proposition put forward by the EU a month earlier that there be a new inter-governmental body that oversee ICANN. The US government -- which currently enjoys unilateral control over the internet infrastructure -- was furious and launched an enormous lobbying campaign, both public and private, across the board to retain its position. <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/">'The Register'</a> has published <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/12/02/rice_eu_letter/print.html">what it said was the first full-text version of a strongly-worded letter sent by the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice</a> to the UK foreign minister Jack Straw, acting in the role of presidency of the EU.

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