Bully or Bodyguard? Assessing the Proper Role of the United States in Internet Governance
WASHINGTON (March 27, 2014) - In March of 1985, Symbolics.com leapt onto the world stage as the first .com, launching what would become the commercial Internet revolution. Since then, the transformation of the Internet into an international economic engine has occurred under the careful stewardship of the U.S. government. However, a new era of Internet governance is about to begin. Earlier this month, the Department of Commerce announced that it would give up its historic oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
To analyze the impact of the announcement and what it means for the future of the Internet, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) i