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Magaziner to Step Down

Ira Magaziner, President Clinton's senior advisor on Internet issues, has announced he will leave his post by the year's end.

Magaziner,who has been a senior Clinton administration official for more than five years, announced his pending resignation late Friday. The news comes as the government is preparing to hand over control of the Internet's domain name system to a private consortium, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Magaziner has also wrestled with privacy issues, has advised the Clinton administration to adapt a hands-off Internet policy and encouraged self-regulation in the Internet industry. He first stressed those principles in 1997 when he formulated the Framework for Global Electronic Commerce.

The white paper outlined goals for governments throughout the world in approaching the Internet as a venue for commerce. The paper included policies set forth by the United States and the European Union in dealing with issues such as encryption, regulation and electronic payments.

Magaziner did not specifically say when he would leave, although he has reportedly said he hopes to finish up within the next month. Magaziner has not commented on future plans, but is expected to move to Rhode Island, where his family relocated earlier this year.