October 16, 2013
What Does It Mean for the U.S. to ‘Lose Control of the Internet’?

Is the U.S. losing control of the Internet?
That’s how some are interpreting a statement released in October by 10 organizations central to the Internet’s operation.
“With striking unanimity, the organizations that actually develop and administer Internet standards and resources initiated a break with three decades of U.S. dominance of Internet governance,” writes Milton Mueller, a professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies.
“A break” sounds severe—what would that mean? How much of the web does the U.S. control, anyway? And how fast could they lose that control?
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

What Does It Mean for the U.S. to ‘Lose Control of the Internet’?

Is the U.S. losing control of the Internet?

That’s how some are interpreting a statement released in October by 10 organizations central to the Internet’s operation.

“With striking unanimity, the organizations that actually develop and administer Internet standards and resources initiated a break with three decades of U.S. dominance of Internet governance,” writes Milton Mueller, a professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

“A break” sounds severe—what would that mean? How much of the web does the U.S. control, anyway? And how fast could they lose that control?

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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