15 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2002
In the spring of 1998, the U.S. government told the Internet: Govern yourself. This unfocused order - a blandishment, really, expressed as an awkward "statement of policy" by the Department of Commerce, carrying no direct force of law - came about because the management of obscure but critical centralized Internet functions was at a political crossroads.
This essay reviews Milton Mueller's book Ruling the Root, and the ways in which it accounts for what happened both before and after that crossroads.
Keywords: ICANN, Internet Governance, cyberlaw, IETF
JEL Classification: L33, L44, K29
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