Who Runs The Internet?

Who runs the internet, anyway? It’s a pretty big question, and one that ICANN is hoping to help clarify with this handy infographic below.

The answer to the question is not an easy one. The internet is not ‘run’ by any one person, group or organization. It might be better to think of it as an entity that is governed by a number of different groups from different backgrounds (private sector, government, academia, national and international organizations, etc). Collectively, they work to develop standards and policies to ensure the Internet is usable and appropriate globally. 

The infographic below (click here for a larger version) outlines some of these stakeholders and what they offer. Keep reading to learn more.

The Internet’s Stakeholders – What Do They Do?

  • Advice
  • Community Engagement
  • Education
  • Operations
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Standards
  • Services

The Internet’s Stakeholders – Who Are They?

  • Internet Network Operators’ Groups
  • W3C – World Wide Web Consortium
  • RIRs- Regional Internet Registries
  • ISOC – Internet Society
  • ISO -International Organization For Standardization
  • Governments and Inter-Governmental Organizations
  • IRTF – Internet Research Task Force
  • IGF – Internet Governance Forum
  • IETF- Internet Engineering Task Force