The US will soon no longer control the internet’s domain name system

For nearly two decades, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been administered by the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which means that the American government has been in control of a global database of addresses for most servers and sites on the Web.

That’s about to change: On October 1, the US government will hand over the reins to a nonprofit multi-stakeholder entity.

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