EU says internet could fall apart

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  1. poncho

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    · Developing countries demand share of control
    . US says urge to censor underlies calls for reform

    Richard Wray
    Wednesday October 12, 2005
    The Guardian


    A battle has erupted over who governs the internet, with America demanding to maintain a key role in the network it helped create and other countries demanding more control.
    The European commission is warning that if a deal cannot be reached at a meeting in Tunisia next month the internet will split apart.

    At issue is the role of the US government in overseeing the internet's address structure, called the domain name system (DNS), which enables communication between the world's computers. It is managed by the California-based, not-for-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) under contract to the US department of commerce.

    A meeting of officials in Geneva last month was meant to formulate a way of sharing internet governance which politicians could unveil at the UN-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis on November 16-18. A European Union plan that goes a long way to meeting the demands of developing countries to make the governance more open collapsed in the face of US opposition.

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    If they want control of an internet...why can't they just develop their own? I think maybe this is more propaganda to limit free speech here in the USA as well as other countries.

    The internet is the one place the conglomerate media has no control over the flow of information and I reckon it's starting to scare them that we are able to actually think for ourselves without being led by "the official authorities".
     
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    Why should they? We continue to give the world our technology so they will like us. Or, we sell it to them for the almighty dollar so they will like us. Guess what. They don't. It's part of the one world plan, doncha know.
     
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    Developing their own internet independently of the US would be a wise decision for the Globalist to make. With the loss of our internet the rest of the world could continue on theirs with few problems during the Tribulation.

    Venezuela recently withdrew their US assets and change from the Dollar to the Euro, other nations will follow before our demise. Looks like the internet could follow this same trend.
     
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    Still spouting the same old pablum, eh, pnut?
     
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    Poncho

    It is a definite grab for control and money!
     
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    I'm glad the US never makes decisions based on a "grab for control and money."
     
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    Come on guys, you know that unless Al Gore consults for Europe and helps them build up a new net---that it just can't happen.

    The question is, just how patriotic is the ole' inventor of the net. . .
     
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    Since the EU did not develop the internet, one cannot exactly give any serious credence to the claim that the internet could fall apart. The only thing thatis' in danger of falling apart is their attempt to control it. The truth is, you can't control it. It's too autonomous.
     
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    Apparently the fight isn't about control of the internet, but about the US gov. going back on an earlier claim that they would relinguish* that bit of control they have.

    *Not to any other government or to the UN, but to the heads of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

    See the following quote.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4327928.stm
    Currently a California-based group called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) is the nearest thing to a ruling body.

    The private company was set up by the US Department of Commerce to oversee the domain name and addressing systems, such as country domain suffixes. It manages how net browsers and e-mail programs direct traffic.

    Icann was to gain its independence from the Department of Commerce by September 2006. But in July the US said it would "maintain its historic role in authorising changes or modifications to the authoritative root zone file".
     

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