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October 2000
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Internet Domain Names
By Roger Cochetti

The Issues

To what extent should the private sector-as opposed to governments-manage the infrastructure of addressing on the Internet?

As an experiment in nongovernmental, international management of the Internet, how has the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) fared? What lessons can we learn that are relevant to other global Internet system management questions?

Given the unusual nature of the medium-in that it permits largely domestic networks (closed ccTLD networks) to coexist with global networks (open gTLD networks)-can these two different approaches to the Internet continue to cooperate with each other? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? What evolution is likely?

The Players

The Forums

The Prospects

What the Private Sector Is Doing

What You Can Do

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About the Author

Roger Cochetti is an executive with Network Solutions, the registry for the major open gTLDs-.com, .net, and .org-and a major registrar for all Internet names.

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