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The world’s Internet needs to stay free - The Galveston County Daily News : Columns

October 25, 2014

The world’s Internet needs to stay free

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 am

Last month, the Administration officials announced it was going to end the U.S. government’s contractual relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, in 2015. Is this something we should be concerned about?

Currently, the U.S. government doesn’t “control” the Internet in the normal sense of the word, but it does have contractual oversight over ICANN. This nonprofit corporation then manages the back end of the Internet by making decisions on the assignment of domain names (e.g., .com, .org, .edu and such), the assignment of IP addresses and other functions basic to the operation of the Internet.

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