A meeting to determine how the internet should be governed is under way in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, organised the two-day NetMundial event following allegations the US National Security Agency (NSA) had monitored her phone and emails.
Last month the US announced plans to give up its oversight of the way net addresses are distributed. But campaigners have warned the move could backfire.
The US currently determines who runs the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the body responsible for regulating the internet’s codes and numbering systems. But Washington now aims to pass the duty over to the “global multi-stakeholder community” by September 2015.