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Signposts in Cyberspace: The Domain Name System and Internet Navigation
  • Roger Levien
  • Robert S. Austein
  • Christine L. Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Timothy Casey
  • Hugh Dubberly
  • Patrik Falstrom
  • Per-Kristian Halvorsen
  • Marylee Jenkins
  • John C. Klensin
  • Milton L. Mueller
  • Sharon Nelson
  • Craig Partridge
  • William Raduchel
  • Hal R. Varian
The Domain Name System (DNS) enables user-friendly alphanumeric names domain names to be assigned to Internet sites. Many of these names have gained economic, social, and political value, leading to conflicts over their ownership, especially names containing trademarked terms. Congress, in P.L. 105-305, directed the Department of Commerce to request the NRC to perform a study of these issues. When the study was initiated, steps were already underway to address the resolution of domain name conflicts, but the continued rapid expansion of the use of the Internet had raised a number of additional policy and technical issues. Furthermore, it became clear that the introduction of search engines and other tools for Internet navigation was affecting the DNS. Consequently, the study was expanded to include policy and technical issues related to the DNS in the context of Internet navigation. This report presents the NRC s assessment of the current state and future prospects of the DNS and Internet navigation, and its conclusions and recommendations concerning key technical and policy issues.
  • Information Seeking & Retrieval,
  • navigation,
  • information retrieval,
  • searching,
  • search engines,
  • policy,
  • economics,
  • law,
  • intellectual property,
  • domain name system,
  • internet architecture
Publication Date
March, 2005
National Academies Press
Committee on Internet Navigation and the Domain Name System: Technical Alternatives and Policy Implications. Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council
Citation Information
Roger Levien, Robert S. Austein, Christine L. Borgman, Timothy Casey, et al.. Signposts in Cyberspace: The Domain Name System and Internet Navigation. Washington, D.C.(2005)
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