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    mechanisms for national governments to participate
    by Anonymous on Saturday June 25 2005, @04:40AM (#15683)
    The Globalisation of Regulation and its Impact on the Domain Name System: Domain Names and a New Regulatory Economy
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2003

    My doctoral dissertation is titled The Globalisation of Regulation and its Impact on the Domain Name System: Domain Names and the New Regulatory Economy. It is an examination of the orderly development of globally applicable standards and norms for managing the critical technical infrastructure of the Internet. It is a technical work which demonstrates an understanding of the domain name system; the politics and policies surrounding the management of the technical resources that enable the Internet to function and the broader influences of the development of a hybrid regulatory agency.

    The key findings of my research are that the Internet Domain Name System and its governance present a new perspective on the discussion of the globalisation of business regulation. I have found that national governments have, despite ongoing control within their national jurisdiction, little effective influence over the management and governance of the Domain Name System at an international level. I have found that corporations have significant power to determine the way in which policies for the management of the technical resources of the Internet are discussed, developed to consensus positions, implemented and reviewed.

    The research focuses on the development and construction of mechanisms for national governments to participate in ICANN. It addresses the broad constitution of ICANN and the apparent consensus that governments don't or shouldn't or can't have a substantive role in Internet governance in a global, multi-jurisdictional environment. At the same time, national governments around the world have been actively reconsidering their role in the domestic governance of their portion of Internet architecture, namely geographic country code identifiers which, for many developing economies, are viewed as a national asset.

    Global governance by the private sector of public resources that are now commercially mission-critical is a highly volatile and still evolving area of inquiry. The research is an extension of a comprehensive understanding of the international telecommunications sector where a clear grasp of the national and international policy priorities to enable market liberalisation and the introduction of competition are critical.

    The importance of technical standards and the role of technology in determining effective regulatory frameworks in the realm of electronic commerce have led to discussions of legislation and regulation; sovereignty and stewardship; ownership and trusteeship; national and international jurisdiction; and commercial and non-commercial treatment of Internet. In addition, I have an undergraduate background in international politics and policy (Australian National University) and a Masters in Communication (University of Canberra) on regulating the Internet and privacy.
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