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Dot Com, Dot US?

Dot Com, Dot US?

In a brief Op/Ed piece from Sunday’s New York Times, an American-run Internet is called into question. Should the United States be the primary gatekeeper for Internet domain names? For example, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has more or less policed the world wide web since 1998, from sunny California. But, will that last, and should it last?

Here’s an excerpt from the full Editorial piece:

“Ideally, perhaps, a single nation should not control the essential workings of the Internet – notably the regulation of who gets which name and what the various ‘dot’ addresses mean. But United States control is working. One suggestion, to switch control to the United Nations, would mean too many cooks in the kitchen, with several of the most interested chefs being of the unsavory sort, like China and Iran.”

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