The US has reached a compromise with those countries - among them the EU - that wanted to limit US control of the servers at the heart of the internet. Until shortly before, any such agreement had been regarded as unlikely.
The European co-regulation network for the Internet was officially unveiled by Commissioner Liikanen at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) on 11 December. Organisations from seven European countries have already signed up.
Marked divisions between developed and developing countries characterised the final preparatory conference for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), to be held in Geneva on 10-12 December.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) has released an agenda for action on science in the information society for preparation of the World Summit on Information Society to be held in December 2003.
On 7-9 November the pan European regional Ministerial conference in preparation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) adopted a set of principles and priorities for action towards an Information Society.