Internet Architecture and Operation:
'Supra-National' Rather Than 'International' Governance

Roger Clarke

Principal, Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra

Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, Australian National University

Version of 22 October 2002

Prepared for presentation at the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre's Seminar on International Dimensions of Internet and e-Commerce Regulation, Sydney, 24-25 October 2002

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Most lawyers, economists and policy-makers who pontificate on Internet governance lack an adequate understanding of:

This presentation provides foundation information, and outlines the complexities. It also draws attention to the awkwardness of the concept 'international' in the context of the Internet.

The following papers by the author provide greater detail on various aspects of the presentation:

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Created: 17 October 2002

Last Amended: 22 October 2002

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