US ready to 'hand over' the internet's naming system


The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet’s naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet’s governance.

The Domain Naming System, DNS, is one of the internet’s most important components.
It pairs the easy-to-remember web addresses - like - with their relevant servers. Without DNS, you’d only be able to access websites by typing in its IP address, a series of numbers such as “”.

More by circumstance than intention, the US has always had ultimate say over how the DNS is controlled - but not for much longer.

It will give up its power fully to Icann - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - a non-profit organisation.

The terms of the change were agreed upon in 2014, but it wasn’t until now that the US said it was finally satisfied that Icann was ready to make the change.


Read the sections, in the link provided, in this document called:
Should the Transition Be Delayed?
Does NTIA Have the Authority to Make the Transfer?

This will turn U.S. control over to an international body. It is still unclear to the DOD and international laws of war whether or not the internet is considered property or whether it falls under maritime law, or, when and where those applications apply. As evidenced, I believe, in the section, Does NTIA Have the Authority to Make the Transfer?


Just more of our stupidity.


Well, since the internet is a global thing, the US should definitely not have all power to control or police it.

Its a little suspect the HQ will be within the US though, but I guess its no different than the UNs HQ officially being in the US, so…


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