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Kieren McCarthy is a freelance journalist specialising in the Internet and in particular Internet politics, governance and domain names.

A former reporter for PC Week and The Register, McCarthy covers the Net and other related IT issues for a number of publications ranging from The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Techworld, The Register and the New Scientist, among many others .

Living in Los Angeles, McCarthy covers the changing face of the Internet and its legal repercussions, covering everything from top-level domains to peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

It has led to him reporting on intricate international discussions over control of the Internet from the UN headquarters in Geneva, to covering the World Summit in Tunisia in 2005, to reporting on the Internet's main companies and organisations across the world and in his home town.

One of the few journalists to understand the technical underpinings of the Internet, McCarthy has at some point interviewed nearly everyone who helped build the network from "father of the Internet" Vint Cerf, and his co-founder of TCP/IP Bob Kahn, to creator of the DNS, Paul Mockapetis, to inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee - plus many of those still to be recognised for their contributions to the medium.

McCarthy's blog can be found at kierenmccarthy.com.

 

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