By Laura DeNardis

The web has reached a severe element. the area is operating out of web addresses. there's a finite provide of roughly 4.3 billion net Protocol (IP) addresses--the distinctive binary numbers required for each trade of knowledge over the Internet--within the Internet's winning technical structure (IPv4). within the Nineties the web criteria neighborhood chosen a brand new protocol (IPv6) that will extend the variety of net addresses exponentially--to 340 undecillion addresses. regardless of a decade of predictions approximately coming near near worldwide conversion, IPv6 adoption has slightly all started. Protocol Politics examines what is at stake politically, economically, and technically within the choice and adoption of a brand new net protocol. Laura DeNardis's key perception is that protocols are political. IPv6 intersects with provocative themes together with net civil liberties, US army ambitions, globalization, institutional energy struggles, and the promise of worldwide democratic freedoms. DeNardis deals concepts for net criteria governance, established not just on technical issues yet on rules of openness and transparency, and examines the worldwide implications of looming web tackle shortage as opposed to the sluggish deployment of the hot protocol designed to resolve this problem.

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