Milton Mueller, professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, was quoted in an article in the California Lawyer about the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) new document.
ICANN is a nonprofit public-benefit California corporation that controls the distribution of generic top-level domains, such as, .com, .org, .edu, and .net. ICANN previously operated under a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) which expired on September 30. The memorandum was replaced by an “Affirmations of Commitments” document between ICANN and the DOC. “The United States participates in the agreement through a government advisory committee, along with dozens of other nations,” according to the article in the California Lawyer.
Mueller contributed his opinion to ICANN’s new commitments, saying he praised the "step away from unilateral U.S. oversight,’ but found that ICANN's new commitments still lacked globally applicable rules of operation, and failed to indicate any concern for freedom of expression.”
Mueller’s research focuses on the political economy of communication and information. He uses the theoretical tools of property rights analysis, institutional economics and both historical and quantitative social science methods. He has a longstanding interest in the history of communication technologies and global governance institutions. His acclaimed book Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) was the first scholarly account of the Internet governance debates. Mueller received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989.