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Will The Internet Fracture Along Geopolitical Lines?

While we were watching the light pomp and circumstance of SDOC's resignation yesterday, the rest of the internet world's heads turned around once.

The National Telecommunications and Information Association announced that the United States is not about to give up control of the internet backbone that makes this country great. An about-face from prior pronouncements, NTIA (and you thought you'd heard of every government agency once you found out about the blacked-out NSA) said "no go" to the rest of the world that wanted 13 key internet computers turned over to ICANN.

In just four paragraphs, a new record, the Interstate Commerce Commission (NTIA is a sub-agency) turned the internet world on its head.

What does it mean? For the short term, practically nothing to you and me. It's not even a blip on your computer screen. In the long run, however, the political ramifications could fracture the internet into pieces. Since ICANN controls domain names and we've all agreed to standardized domain names, it appears now that any country could withdraw, potentially isolating itself from the rest of the world. The effect would wall off entire countries from the rest of the internet. They could converse internally, but not with the rest of the world.

Time will tell, but it seems like an unlikely doomsday prediction.

In the meantime, kids across the world can enjoy the newest domain name, courtesy of the United States. At least for the time being.

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