In March 2014, the United States government announced it would be transitioning its oversight of ICANN, which runs critical functions that keeps the Internet as we know it working through IP addresses and the domain name system, to a global multistakeholder community. The news has created a lot of fear, with some claiming the US was “surrendering control” and that countries like Russia and China could impose undue restrictions. But ICANN’s Chris Mondini says the upcoming transition is actually inspiring, and we should be proud about a global, non-governmental community running the Internet.

Chris Mondini is a Vice President of Business Engagement for ICANN, where he works to build relationships with companies beyond the domain name sector, by educating global businesses on the role of ICANN as well as increasing cross-cultural dialogue about topics of internet governance. Mondini is a former management consultant, United States diplomat, and corporate investigator.