[menog] The Key to the Internet and Key Ceremonies: An Explainer

Fahd Batayneh fahd.batayneh at icann.org
Fri Jul 14 09:20:35 UTC 2023

If you hear about the "keys to the Internet," the topic usually relates to a very specific thing — a digital key that is used to verify the security of the Domain Name System (DNS). The concept of a master key that controls such an essential function sounds like it is lifted from spy novels. It has been the subject of many stories, television, and radio shows, that focus on the idea that seven people hold keys to the Internet. These fictionalized accounts, and some of the journalistic reporting, can overplay its significance. Let's explore in simple terms what these keys are and how it's all managed.




Fahd Batayneh


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