On Oct. 1, the U.S. Will No Longer Oversee the Internet’s Naming System
The US government has been the ultimate authority on the way the internet locates its content since the network was created. Come Oct. 1, it’s giving up that control to a non-profit.
Finding stuff on the internet works like this: When you enter http://qz.com in a browser, you get our home page. In order for that to happen, the address qz.com has to be translated into a format that’s understood by the computers around the world that delivered our home page to you. That format is known as an IP address, and for qz.com it’s 188.8.131.52.