US government no longer manages internet's technical functions

The US government has ceded control of the technical management, Independent informs.

Following a long legal battle, the California-based NGO Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will gain control over the organisation of unique online identifiers.

The change will not affect ordinary internet users but is a reflection of the rapidly shifting online landscape and attitudes to it.

ICANN manages the database for top-level domain names such as .com and .net and the corresponding numeric addresses that allow computers to connect.

The group’s work will be governed by a collection of academics, technical experts, private industry and government representatives, public interest advocates and individual users around the world.

IT journal The Register said it was a “historic moment” and the “most significant change in the internet's functioning for a generation”.

The US government has been the primary manager of the internet's address book since 1988 largely because it was invented in the country.

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