Tim Wu, Columbia, has posted the abstract for a new paper, On the History of Internet Governance. The paper itself is not posted, but you can contact the author through his SSRN page. Here's the abstract: The issues surrounding internet naming and internet governance have been controversial since about the mid-1990s. But public attention was drawn to Internet governance in the early 2000s, when Europe and other countries declared themselves unhappy with how internet governance was working, how the domain names were being assigned and other issues. This is a summary of what was happening in the early 2000s that created controversy in this area.