The US will soon no longer control the internet’s domain name system


For nearly two decades, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been administered by the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which means that the American government has been in control of a global database of addresses for most servers and sites on the Web. That’s about to change: On October 1, the US government will hand over the reins to a nonprofit multi-stakeholder entity. You won’t notice any changes in the way the internet works; the only difference is that the management of the internet’s ‘phone book’ will now fall to a body comprised of international…

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