The Internet's 13 "root servers" are run by a variety of organizations, ranging from the US military, to private corporations, to a European nonprofit group based in Amsterdam. All of these servers are overseen by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which in turn is overseen by the US Department of Commerce. Next month in Tunisia, there will be international talks over the future of the root server network, sponsored by the U.N. There's a plan to put critical Internet infrastructure under the control of the UN. ...And the prospect of an international Internet tax -- "with money going to fund technology development in developing countries." "A UN-controlled ICANN might dramatically jack up the cost of Internet addresses in affluent countries like the United States to raise money for its development fund." Is it just me, or does this sound a wee-bit goofy?