US Net empire crumbling

It had to happen somewhen

America's cultural dominance of the Internet is coming to an end.

A report published this morning by the United States Internet Council (USIC) claims the Net is now a truly international communications medium.

The USIC is a four-year old non-profit organisation funded by industry that functions as an educational resource for state and federal lawmakers.

Bill Myers, CEO of the council, said: "The growth in the number of non-English speaking web sites, combined with rapidly rising number of Internet users in Asia and Europe, is transforming the Internet from an American-dominated medium to a true international communications backbone.

"Although English-speaking users in North America continue to be the largest single block of the online population, already there appear to be at least 15 million more users in Asia and Europe combined," Myers said.

According to these Net boffins, the biggest challenge is how to apply traditional principles of law in a borderless digital world.

A copy of the report can be found here. ®

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