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Taking control of the Internet

The US government is transferring its stewardship of the important internet technical functions to the global internet community from this September.

The government was responsible for the role of administering changes to the Domain Name System (DNS) to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – as well as serving as the historic steward of the unique identifier registries for domain names, IP addresses and protocol parameters.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has now launched a process for the transition and wants the global internet community to get involved.

“We are inviting governments, the private sector, civil society and other internet organisations from the whole world to join us in developing this transition process,” said Fadi Chehadé, ICANN’s president and CEO. “All stakeholders deserve a voice in the management and governance of this global resource as equal partners.”

“By the time the current contract with the US government expires in September 2015, we will have a defined and clear process for global multi-stakeholder stewardship of ICANN’s performance of these technical functions,” Chehadé continued.