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Lee A. Bygrave and Jon Bing

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561131.001.0001

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The naming game: governance of the Domain Name System

The naming game: governance of the Domain Name System

(p.147) 5 The naming game: governance of the Domain Name System
Internet Governance

Lee A. Bygrave (Contributor Webpage)

Susan Schiavetta

Hilde Thunem

Annebeth B. Lange

Edward Phillips

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This chapter explicates the Domain Name System and the governance mechanisms attached to it. The first part of the chapter introduces the basic elements of the system. The second part of the chapter turns firstly to governance issues concerning ‘WHOIS’ databases, and thereafter it disuptes resolution processes in relation to domain names, focusing on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The third part of the chapter provides an overview of the principal differentiating features of national regimes for allocating domain names under country-code top-level domains. Building on this overview, the final part of the chapter elaborates the domain name allocation regimes for .no and .uk respectively, examining particularly the roles played by Norid (the organization primarily responsible for managing the .no namespace) and Nominet (the equivalent organization in relation to .uk).

Keywords:   Domain Name System, WHOIS databases, country-code top-level domains, Norid, Nominet, domain names, national regimes, allocation regimes

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