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Controlling Internet Infrastructure

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The IANA transition is an important turning point in the evolution of the global Internet. Because of its technical and legal complexity, however, most people do not understand the full scope of the opportunities it presents or the challenges it poses. That lack of understanding makes it difficult to have an informed public discussion surrounding the transfer of DNS oversight from the U.S. government to the global multistakeholder community. This paper seeks to fill that gap.

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Popular wisdom holds that technology can help the developing world make great strides, whether it’s by facilitating education, helping with access to water, or delivering much-needed medication. But Kentaro Toyama, W. K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information and co-founder of Microsoft Research India, argues in a new book that believing technology is the key to fixing these problems is wrong-headed, and can have damaging results.

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Controlling Internet Infrastructure

Controlling Internet Infrastructure

The "IANA Transition" and Why It Matters for the Future of the Internet, Part I

The IANA transition is an important turning point in the evolution of the global Internet. Because of its technical and legal complexity, however, most people do not understand the full scope of the opportunities it presents or the challenges it poses. That lack of understanding makes it difficult to have an informed public discussion surrounding the transfer of DNS oversight from the U.S. government to the global multistakeholder community. This paper seeks to fill that gap.