Who Owns the Internet

The World Wide Web is A Global Enterprise

The World Wide Web is A Global Enterprise

With the recent media hype that net neutrality has accomplished I began to ask myself, who owns the web. The World Wide Web. Think about that for a moment, the web is a system of interfaced that works while spanning not only the globe but in the space is well. Is it remotely possible that somebody owns the web?

With All this Information, something has to be responsible

With All this Information, something has to be responsible

Unfortunately the question is not that easy to answer. In order for the interaction of different networks to happen there must be servers that provide this access and ultimately though service or companies that essentially “own” the Internet. However with that being said, the Internet consist of lots of different bits and pieces which can control the quality and level of access however they do not own the entire system.

Along with providing access to the Internet, there are also protocols or rules that the entire system must go by in order for the Internet to work. This set of protocols is essentially regulated by group of nonprofit organization that help to develop and maintain the integrity of the Internet.

The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

However just like the private companies, these organizations don’t necessarily only Internet however they truly do influence how it works. In the early days of the Internet, it was ARPANET that served as the entity that is a group of organizations and companies today. So while these corporations and organizations function much like or print it did in its heyday, there is no one or no group that truly owns the Internet.

 

Sources

  • http://www.mises.org/story/2139
  • http://world-information.org/wio/infostructure/100437611791/100438658447
  • http://advice.cio.com/node/209

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