Can global entities shut down root servers?

Root servers are at the core of the global internet system. Controlled by 13 designated entities, they are a network of hundreds of servers on which domain names are hosted


The root servers which run the world’s internet are controlled by Western entities

Pranjal Sharma
Who controls the internet? In the situation of a conflict, can global organisations shut down root servers and cut off India from the internet?

Dependence on national capabilities in an interconnected world has triggered deep debate globally. For countries like India, questions about dependence on global networks have become a priority. 

With Western corporations, including Microsoft, AWS and Oracle, shutting down their operations in Russia, the rest of the world has become acutely aware of its dependence on a clutch of technology service providers. Most of the world’s industry depends heavily on cloud computing systems where servers are owned and managed by a few Western companies. 
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

First Published: Apr 03 2022 | 9:19 PM IST

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