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AP EXPLAINS: What's at stake as US cedes internet control

NEW YORK (AP) — On Saturday, the U.S. government plans to cede control of some of the internet's core systems — namely, the directories that help web browsers and apps know where to find the latest weather, maps and Facebook musings. No single government, business, organization or individual controls all the computers and pipelines making up the internet. [...] the network relies on an addressing system called the domain name system, or DNS, which includes directories that help route data like email and web requests where it needs to go.
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