Book Review: What's in a Name?
Jonathan L. Zittrain
Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Federal Communications Law Journal, Forthcoming
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: ICANN, Internet Governance, cyberlaw, IETF
JEL Classification: L33, L44, K29
Date posted: November 26, 2002