A number of internet groups are petitioning the United Nations over plans for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
The group, which includes the Internet Coalition for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Internet Chamber of Commerce all asked the IGF to abandon a model which limits its governing group to member states.
The groups said in a letter that the plans laid out by the Commission on Science and Technology for Development were "deeply concerning".
The letter argues that a 7 December decision on the composition of the group is contrary to earlier UN resolutions which suggested that the governing boards should be comprised of not only governments, but also public and private sector groups.
"We ask the secretary-general of the United Nations to set up a working group on internet governance, in an open and inclusive process that ensures a mechanism for the full and active participation of governments, the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries, involving relevant intergovernmental and international organisations and forums, to investigate and make proposals for action," the groups wrote.
The move is not the first time government control and the IGF have been brought to the forefront by internet organisations.
Earlier this year Icann president Rod Beckstrom warned the public against adopting internet governance groups that did not include input from both the private and public sectors.
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