Can the internet be governed and if so by who?

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If all goes well, on September 30, 2016 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which currently coordinates the maintenance and management of much of the Internet including the global Domain Name System (DNS) and associated protocols, will no longer be managed as public corporation under U.S. Government contract.

ICANN will instead survive as some form of international organisation, a process which in terms of staffing and oversight, as well as operations, has already begun to a limited extent. 

Heretofore, ICANN and its key department, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), have functioned on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to ICANN’s 1998 formation, IANA was contracted by the US Department of Defence.

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