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Improving ICANN's governance and accountability: A policy proposal


  • Lenard, Thomas M.
  • White, Lawrence J.


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has control over extremely important aspects of the Internet. Yet, its non-profit corporation status, combined with the way that it is funded and governed, make accountability a serious problem. This paper draws on the accountability framework that has been developed by Mueller (2009) to evaluate the structure and governance of ICANN and then compares it to the structure and governance of a number of other organizations that perform a roughly comparable range of coordination and standard-setting functions, to explore what might be applicable to ICANN. Virtually all of these other organizations are governed by their direct users, thereby building accountability into their structures. We suggest that this would be a good model for ICANN as well.

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  • Lenard, Thomas M. & White, Lawrence J., 2011. "Improving ICANN's governance and accountability: A policy proposal," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 189-199, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:iepoli:v:23:y:2011:i:2:p:189-199

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    1. Milton L. Mueller, 2002. "Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262134128, January.
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    1. Jain, Rekha, 2015. "A Model for Internet Governance and Implications for India," IIMA Working Papers WP2015-03-23, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.


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