Internet Governance: Squaring the Circle

by Renate Riedl

The more the Internet becomes ubiquitous, the more interest it evokes among those with the desire for power. Multi-stakeholders such as governments, industrial companies, and civil rights groups claim their right to "control" the Internet. Being inherently a decentralized network, there is little possibility of gaining control from a single point at the top. Looking at the technical coordination of the Internet, a crucial point in the struggle to gain influence is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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