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Book Review: What's in a Name?

15 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2002  

Jonathan L. Zittrain

Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Zittrain, Jonathan L., Book Review: What's in a Name?. Federal Communications Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=350560 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.350560

Jonathan Zittrain (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Harvard Law School
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Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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