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Who Runs the Internet? ICANN Attempts to Clarify the Answer With This Map

ICANN has released a "living" graphic aimed to provide a high-level view of how the internet is run attuned for those less familiar with the inner workings of the internet infrastructure ecosystem. Quoting from the document:

No One Person, Company, Organization or Government Runs the Internet
The Internet itself is globally distributed computer network comprised of many voluntary interconnected autonomous networks. Similarly, its governance is conducted by a decentralized and international multi-stakeholder network of interconnected autonomous groups drawing from civil society, the private sector, governments, the academic and research communities, and national and international organizations. They work cooperatively from their respective roles to create shared policies and standards that maintain the Internet's global interpretability for the public good.

Who Run the Internet? Graphic designed to provide a high-level view from ICANN (Click to Enlarge)

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The Root DNS server operators are missing + typo's jeroen  –  Mar 07, 2013 6:25 AM PST

The RIRs are listed, but that important thing called DNS is completely absent and they play a vital role.

At least the entities running the Root TLD servers should be listed along with a reference that without them or if they lei you do not have proper DNS and thus most stuff suddenly breaks.

Where the organisations fit in the map is unclear, might want to clarify that with a bit of color.

Also might want to correct "IEFT" into "IETF" under the IAB description at the top left.

RE: The Root DNS server operators are missing + typo's Ali Farshchian  –  Mar 07, 2013 9:29 AM PST

I sent a message over referring your comment.

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