Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (Google eBook)

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MIT Press, 2002 - 317 pages
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In Ruling the Root, Milton Mueller uses the theoretical framework of institutional economics to analyse the global policy and governance problems created by the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses. "The root" is the top of the domain name hierarchy and the Internet address space. It is the only point of centralised control in what is otherwise a distributed and voluntaristic network of networks. Both domain names and IP numbers are valuable resources, and their assignment on a coordinated basis is essential to the technical operation of the Internet. Mueller explains how control of the root is being leveraged to control the Internet itself in such key areas as trademark and copyright protection, surveillance of users, content regulation and regulation of the domain name supply industry. Mueller recounts the fascinating process that led to the formation of a new international regime around ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. In the process, he shows how the vaunted freedom and openness of the Internet is being diminished by the institutionalisation of the root.
  

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Contents

73 Challenges to Network Solutions
151
74 The US Government Intervenes
154
75 The Green Paper and Its Aftermath
159
Institutionalizing the Root The Formation of ICANN
163
81 From Green Paper to White Paper
164
82 The International Forum on the White Paper
175
The New Regime
185
Registrar Accreditation
186

32 The Internet Name Space
39
33 The DNS Root
47
34 Conclusion
56
The Root and Institutional Change Analytical Framework
57
41 Formation of Property Rights
58
42 Property Rights
60
43 Technological Change Endowment and Appropriation
61
44 Institutionalization
63
45 Applying the Framework to Internet Governance
67
The Story of the Root
71
Growing the Root
73
51 Prehistory
74
52 The Origin of the Root
75
53 Growth and Convergence
82
54 Growth and Governance
89
55 Who Controlled the Root?
98
Appropriating the Root Property Rights Conflicts
105
Commercial Use and the World Wide Web
106
62 Conflicts over SecondLevel Domains
115
63 Conflicts over TopLevel Domains
124
64 Conflicts over the Root
134
The Root in Play
141
71 IAHC and the gTLDMoU
142
72 Political Reaction to the gTLDMoU
146
WHOIS and UDRP
190
93 The Assimilation of Network Solutions
194
94 US Government Policy Authority over the Root
197
96 New TopLevel Domains
201
97 Country Codes and National Governments
205
Issues and Themes
209
ICANN as Global Regulatory Regime
211
101 What ICANN Is Not
212
102 What ICANN Is
217
103 Forces Affecting ICANNs Future
221
Global Rights to Names
227
111 A Web Site by Any Other Name
228
112 Expanding Trademark Rights
231
WIPO 2
238
114 Free Expression vs Controlled Vocabulary
245
115 DNS vs WIPO
252
Property Rights and Institutional Change Some Musings on Theory
255
122 Who Owns the Name Space?
259
The Taming of the Net
265
Selected Acronyms
269
Notes
273
References
303
Index
311
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