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Root servers: The real Net power
Posted by: Jordi on Monday, November 21, 2005 - 11:37 PM
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Tunis, Tunisia--Delegates from third-world nations spent much of last week at a United Nations summit here railing against the Bush administration's alleged control of the Internet.

But in reality, the U.S. government has strictly limited influence on which top-level domains--such as .com, .org, and .uk--are actually seen by Internet users. The real power behind the network lies with the group of 13 organizations which, through a mechanism little-known outside of technical circles, operate the root servers that guide traffic to each one of those top-level domains.

Complete info at C.Net.

 
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