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The Global War for Internet Governance$
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Laura DeNardis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181357

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181357.001.0001

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Controlling Internet Resources

Controlling Internet Resources

(p.33) Chapter Two Controlling Internet Resources
The Global War for Internet Governance

Laura Denardis

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the technologically complex and historically contentious area of the control of critical Internet resources (CIRs) necessary for the day-to-day operation of the Internet. It first explains the underlying technology of Internet addresses, the Domain Name System (DNS) and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). It then provides a framework for understanding the complexity of institutions and private companies involved in governing CIRs. Finally, it examines some of the public interest issues and institutional governance controversies that have beset these resources since their inception. Some of these concerns include privacy and the question of identity infrastructures enacted by IP addresses; internationalization and expansion of Internet top-level domains (TLDs); and the international impasse over centralized authority.

Keywords:   critical Internet resources, DNS, ASN, privacy, identity infrastructure, IP address, top-level domains

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