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Who Runs the Internet and How Will a Change in Ownership Affect Online Gaming?

GLRE CoverNew Rochelle, NY, December 2, 2016—A change in governance of the Internet is slowly underway, with control shifting from the U.S. Department of Commerce to the global organization known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The potential impact of this transition and what led to the change is the focus of the article entitled "I Think ICANN: How Will Changes in Internet Governance Affect Online Gaming?" published in Gaming Law Review and Economics, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Gaming Law Review and Economics website until January 4, 2017.

Martin D. Owens Jr., an attorney and Associate Editor of Gaming Law Review and Economics, provides a historical perspective on the need for ICANN, triggered by the Snowden affair, which revealed the systematic use of unauthorized mass surveillance of online communications by the U.S. and British governments. The formation of ICANN was intended to ensure that no single government attained control of the Internet and that it would remain a global, borderless entity.

The article examines whether or not ICANN poses a new threat to open communication and freedom of expression, and how the eventual control of the Internet by ICANN will affect the online interactive gaming industry.

 “It remains to be seen whether the Attorneys General of Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas are correct in trying to block our transfer of the Internet 's domain name system to ICANN,” says Joseph Kelly, PhD, JD, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Gaming Law Review and Economics and professor of business law at SUNY College at Buffalo.

About the Journal
Gaming Law Review and Economics: Regulation, Compliance, and Policy
 is the only authoritative peer-reviewed journal covering traditional land-based, Internet, and wireless gaming law in one of the fastest growing economic leisure industries. The Journal provides the latest developments in legislative, regulatory, and judicial decisions affecting gaming around the world, including state, federal, and tribal developments in the U.S., as well as coverage of economic issues associated with the exponential growth of casinos and gaming practices. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed online at the Gaming Law Review and Economics: Regulation, Compliance, and Policy website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science, biomedical research, and law, including Election Law Journal and Biotechnology Law Report. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.