A New Age for Internet Governance

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1Q 2014 | IN-1018682

 

The United States to Relinquish Key Internet Oversight

NEWS


On March 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to the global multi-stakeholder community. The announcement is significant, not least because Internet governance has been a hotly debated issue for some time, but also because the United States has thus far been hesitant to relinquish any control to the international community.

From the National Science Foundation to ICANN

IMPACT


The Internet relies on the Domain Name System (DNS) structure, which has two basic components: domain names and Internet Protocol (IP) numbers. The U.S. Nationa...

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