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The Pull for Pull

ICANN is tightening its grip on uncontested control over Internet domains.

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Tired of complaints about almost everything it does, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has a solution-just quit listening.

Observers predict directors of the domain name oversight body are likely to adopt most of president M. Stuart Lynn's reorganization plan, further diminishing ICANN's accountability to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the individuals and small businesses the DOC charged it to serve. Lynn's vision will prevail, say critics, because the board desires to put ICANN beyond the reach of effective oversight authority and give it more control over how a half-billion surfers reach 38 million Web sites.

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