The Politics of Internet Control

Article Extract:

‘Since it was developed by Pentagon-funded researchers in the 1960s and 1970s, the decentralized computer network known as the Internet has operated relatively smoothly. A California-based organization, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), manages the so-called Domain Name System (DNS), which assigns unique Internet names and addresses.

ICANN was created in 1998. Although it is private and includes international members on its board, the U.S. Department of Commerce vetos or approves its decisions.

The issue of American control over ICANN is in the spotlight, as calls for a more representative global body to manage the Internet are getting louder.’

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