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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, November 18, 2005

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?


At 11/19/2005 08:53:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

There is a stupidity virus running amok and it's mutating.

At 11/19/2005 10:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The freedom the internet offers must really be a threat. Years ago when only the fortunate few could see what it was like somewhere else compared to their lives....then those few disidents could just be jailed. How do you control when the majority can see? Easy, you stop it just like they are trying to do. The power of the internet is truely amazing.

I think that virus has a short life though. It can be cured through unobstructed flow of information via the internet, though I hear it is deadly to dictatorships.;)

At 11/19/2005 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Gene said...

I wrote about this in my tech blog a few weeks ago. There is agrea cartoon I found there which depicts US vs. UN control of the internt.

Direct link is here:


At 11/19/2005 03:42:00 PM, Anonymous ViceGrip said...

Na.. the stupidity virus is well contained in a large building in New York city. You might have heard of it, it is called the "UN Building". :)

I just hope the are not thinking of franchising! :(

At 11/19/2005 03:43:00 PM, Anonymous ViceGrip said...

Excuse me: the last line should have been: "I hope THEY are not thinking of franchising!"

At 11/20/2005 12:13:00 PM, Blogger newc said...

There IS a virus running amok in the world.Can you figure out what it is?


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