End US control over the internet?
As I was cruising around in Highlander's blog and reading her latest post on the World Summit of Information Society, I found that there was some question on whether or not the US should still "control" the internet. Recalling the little I have retained from my MIS class, I know enough about the history of the internet to know that while it was created at first by the US military and scientific establishments in the 1970's, the US doesn't control it at all. It may support it, but doesn't control it. So I figured I would find out who is starting that debate and found this article via her post. "Actually, nobody runs or controls the internet single-handedly. It is multiple parties, multiple businesses, users, and networks connecting to this. All these different groups, organizations and companies have a responsibility." But Icann operates under a memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Commerce. To some, that looks like American control of the internet. "The rest of the world doesn't want to see US hegemony here, in large part just for symbolic reasons," says Jonathan Zittrain, Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. Ready to know who are those fighters for Internet Freedom from US hegemony? "So there's one set of countries, anchored by Iran, Cuba and China, that would like to see some process by which governments of the world have a much larger hand in controlling the shape of the internet." Ahh, of course! Naturally it would be those pioneering advocates of freedom and free-speech. The people who arrest bloggers and shut blogs should have more say and control over the internet in the name of fighting US hegemony. That makes sense! Is it just me or is there a stupidity virus running amok in the world?