Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

(Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), 2005)

Internet governance is based on the multistakeholder model, a governance structure that aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to participate in dialogue, decision-making and the implementation of solutions to common issues – ALL for ONE Internet.


DENIC is the manager of Germany’s ccTLD .de and a provider of name services. Ranking among the world’s three largest Internet registries, with 16m+ domains under management. Since its inception in 1996, as a private, not-for-profit cooperative, DENIC’s mission is to fulfil a public function by supporting a fast, secure and reliable access to German web pages and e-mail addresses, through the excellence of its extensive name server infrastructure and services.

DENIC is also committed to be a leading force in shaping the continued development of the open, decentralized and secure Internet, in a close collaborative effort with international Internet bodies. 


  • Works on a not-for-profit basis
  • Provides important services for the benefit of not only the German, but the global Internet community
  • Is committed to a free Internet, which is open to everyone
  • Is actively involved in shaping the further evolution of the Internet by participating in international bodies

The fundamental principles are impartiality, independence, technical expertise, responsibility and non-discrimination.

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