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Internet Governance regulatory models for cyberspace

In the early days of the Internet, not too many counties had access to it. Access to the Internet was limited to those that could afford to visit the online world. Since the revolution of the internet however, the internet has embraced in most aspects of our lives, from online shopping, banking, education and so forth. Internet has change the way people think and the way people live. Such changes are social networks that almost erase every privacy right. Facebook founder and CEO M. Zuckeberg recently went on record and said that none of the cool kids care about privacy; neither should you[1]. As a result of this revolution cyberspace has raised several issues and challenges to the traditional models of regulation. This paper will examine the traditional regulating models and actors involved and whether they can adapt to the fast changing cyberspace in order to provide the protection required in a world that cybercrime increases by 35% per year[2].

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Domain Names

The domain name system is among the most familiar and most frequently litigated aspects of the Internet. It is a hierarchical system for naming computers so that they can be found on the World Wide Web[1]. At the Internet’s inception, each computer was centrally numbered so it will be identified. As more computers joined the network, it became increasingly difficult to allocate numbers for each computer on the network[2]. Hence, the development of the IP address class system in which addresses were subdivided into fixed structures so that a range of addresses could be allocate. In order to permit greater flexibility on the matter when changes were introduced in the records associated with an individual identity, it was decided to introduce the use of domains name that would correspond to the Internet Protocol addresses.