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As the Obama administration prepares to cede a key oversight role for the Internet and domain names, technology officials say the next challenge for the Web will be to ensure accountability and preserve the Internet’s openness as a global communications and commerce network.

As early as the fall of 2015, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will open up to the global Internet community, constituting a retreat by the United States from the online leadership role it has traditionally held. The planned end of ICANN’s contract with the Department of Commerce, which has caused a stir in the tech,...

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