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IANA: Transition of the IANA function – what does it mean going forward?

By Nick Wood

A significant change in the governance of the Internet took place in October 2016, when the US government ceded control over a core piece of internet infrastructure to ICANN. But what does this mean in practical terms?

The US government’s move to cede control of oversight of a core piece of internet infrastructure to non-profit private company the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was a historic development. The actions of ICANN and the many stakeholders involved are now under the microscope as they take their first steps into a new world where accountability and transparency will be key to success.

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