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Inside the Communication RevolutionEvolving Patterns of Social and Technical Interaction$
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Robin Mansell

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296553.001.0001

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Master of my Domain: The Politics of Internet Governance

Master of my Domain: The Politics of Internet Governance

(p.206) 10 Master of my Domain: The Politics of Internet Governance
Inside the Communication Revolution

Daniel Paré

Oxford University Press

Because Internet use has become widespread and there is an increase in the range of its applications, this implies that the outcome of alternative types of governance will have major consequences for a growing number of Internet users. There have already been several international, national, and regional debates regarding the appropriate forms of governance for the Internet. This chapter introduces the notion of domain names as a means for virtual identification and how these serve as intermediary organisations for Internet users. The discussion presented in this chapter focuses on the case of the formation of Nominet UK by examining the organisational, commercial, and technical factors that are attributed to governance and social dynamics.

Keywords:   Internet, governance, domain names, virtual identification, intermediary organisations, social dynamics

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