The internet often termed as the network of networks is longer owned and operated by the US Government. October 1st was the day when US Government finally relinquished its control over to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICAAN).
Control over the World Wide Web’s phonebook by US Government was a period of almost 20 years which kept ICAAN from having a complete control over the internet’s domain name system which is IANA (Internet Assigned Number Authority).
Before the handover of the authority the US Department of Commerce had the power to supervise all the decisions that were made by the ICANN for managing IANA. This command of the US government meant ruling out of any choices they were not satisfied with.
According to a press release held by Stephen d. Cooker of the ICAAN Board, this shift was planned 18 years ago. This was made possible by the tireless work of the global internet community. The community revealed that a well-defined governess model with the inclusion of business, academics, civil society, technical experts etc. can be the best possible way to guarantee that future internet will be as free and clear as it is today.
The internet belongs to everyone:
In the current situations, internet has become extremely important for governments all around the world. This recent transition is expected to have political implications as the internet’s registry system is no longer governed by US. But surely terminating of the direct involvement with IANA by the US Government will put everyone at ease.
Via: Business Insider