October 2, 2016
On September 30, at midnight, despite threats by some US congressmen, the contract between the US Department of Commerce and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) over the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) functions expired. This means the end of 18 years of direct control over the Internet by the U.S.
Since the 1st of October, the Internet governance is based on a multistakeholder’s model which has four different components: private sector (Internet companies, etc.), the technical community (among others ICANN), governments and the ‘civil’ community. The risks of control over the Internet by governments “hostile” to free speech or by big Internet corporations should be excluded by this governance model. All details of this transition are available here.