In a meeting that will go down in internet history, the United States government last night conceded that it can no longer expect to maintain its position as the ultimate authority over the internet.
Having been the internet's instigator and, since 1998, its voluntary taskmaster, the US government finally agreed to transition its control over not-for-profit internet overseeing organisation ICANN, making the organisation a more international body.
Well, who thought we'd ever see this happen? But what's the story at the LA Times?
The federal government appeared unlikely to relinquish oversight of the system for assigning and managing website domain names after a Commerce Department hearing Wednesday raised broad concerns about giving an obscure Marina del Rey nonprofit unsupervised control.
They keywords here should be 'plausible deniability'. The US will retain true power over ICANN, holding onto root, but other countries have been given the appearance of greater control so they can't complain quite as vigorously. The US has only given up a share of the admittedly densely overgrown beaureaucracy.