So who is responsible for the change in the way the Internet is governed? I would, quite honestly, lay blame for this change squarely on the doorstep of the US federal government. Over the past three years, the US government has moved from a largely “hands off” approach to actively attempting to interject US societal concerns into the operation of the Internet. These interjections have principally been in two areas: law enforcement and advancement of the intellectual property rights of certain industries. Each time the US government has used its unique position as the virtual hub of Internet commerce to advance these issues, the multi-stakeholder model has been undermined.