The Next Time Your Domain Name Resolves, It Resolves Alone

Submitted by: lalapancakes 1 year ago in Tech News & Politics


Heyo, geeks! Gather around for a discussion on DNS. Once upon a time, in a land right under your noses, website domain name distribution was handled by the U.S. Government. Then, on October 1st, 2016 everything changed. For 20 years DNS was controlled by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority under the U.S. Department of Commerce. But it wasn’t supposed to be this way...


In the old days of the internet, there was a negotiation backed by the concept of national equality to allow for the not-for-profit, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to handle the internet’s resolution for all nations. This way not one nation would hold the keys to the kingdom. What the hold up was, is anyone’s guess. Bureaucracy? At any rate, the U.S. didn’t do a bad job on oversight but regardless, as of October, name resolution was handed over as promised. And while many armchair “DNS experts” are freaking out about the exchange, nothing is actually going to change on any client front. The magical management swap will only change in administrative meaning.

An excerpt from Futurism:

“The move has heavy political implications since the internet’s registry system is no longer under U.S. government control. Because the web has become a critical structure for governments worldwide, many countries, each with vested interests, feel that other nations could attempt to influence how it develops. That is why the termination of the U.S. government’s direct involvement with the IANA puts everyone at ease.

Nothing will change for the average internet user, as things will still be run as they were…”

There are 2 comments:
Male 527
Good to know. Thanks for posting
Male 8,903
Nothing changes in terms of content. It's just the governing body that gives out domain names is now not exclusively controlled by the US. Not even the slightest of deals for this. There's no "control" of anything really given away. The DNR Providers don't provide content or access.