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Instructor’s work cited by U.N.

Article used in classes across the world

October 12, 2009
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer

After surfing the Internet, Dave Drissel discovered his work had been recognized overseas.

A social sciences professor at Iowa Central Community College, Drissel's article, "Internet Goverance in a Multipolar World" was cited in the spring 2009 United Nations document "Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Module 5: Internet Goverance."

The U.N. publication is used as a guide for government leaders around the world to improve Internet access in developing nations, Drissel said.

"It was kind of a neat discovery for me to know they sent it out to leaders around the world," Drissel said, "and that some of the work I've done here in Fort Dodge can help influence global policies."

Originally published in the "Cambridge Review of International Affairs" in 2006, Drissel's publication is required reading in college courses at schools around the world, including the University of Zurich, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Montreal, Concordia University and the University of Quebec at Montreal.

The publication focuses on governing bodies of the worldwide Internet and the controversies and questions that surround them.

"A lot of people don't realize the Internet has a governing structure," Drissel said. "It all comes back to its origin, because the United States primarily invented the Internet, they mostly run it."

Drissel said the United States-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers -ICANN - is one of the main regulating agencies for the Internet. ICANN determines how much domain space each country receives and creates and assigns domain names such as .com, .edu, .net and .gov.

"ICANN has been controversial because it is a United States-sponsored corporation and they regulate the Internet worldwide,"said Drissel. "

The article also focused on why the United Nations wants more of a role in Internet goverance.

"It's a complicated topic," he said. "The U.N. has its own body - the International Telecommunications Union - but there can still be competition between the ITU and ICANN."

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