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Thursday, September 29, 2005

USA to UN - The Internet is Ours and You Can't Have it.

A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium's principal overseer.

"We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet," said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. "Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable."

A stalemate over who should serve as the principal traffic cops for Internet routing and addressing could derail the summit, which aims to ensure a fair sharing of the Internet for the benefit of the whole world.

Some countries have been frustrated (boo - hoo bitches) that the United States and European countries that got on the Internet first gobbled up most of the available addresses required for computers to connect, leaving developing nations with a limited supply to share.

They also want greater assurance that as they come to rely on the Internet more for governmental and other services, their plans won't get derailed by some future U.S. policy.

One proposal that countries have been discussing would wrest control of domain names from the U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, and place it with an intergovernmental group, possibly under the United Nations.

Gross dismissed it as unacceptable, and I for one am glad he did.

"We've been very, very clear throughout the process that there are certain things we can agree to and certain things we can't agree to," Gross told reporters at U.N. offices in Geneva. "It's not a negotiating issue. This is a matter of national policy."

The UN has demonstrated it's complete and utter incompetence over the last few years and in my opinion is one bad decision away from being deemed completely worthless.

Earlier today I contacted Al Gore for his take on the issue. He was unavailable for comment but his secretary send the following image in response to my inquiry:

Apparently Al still thinks he owns the Internet. Seems fair, after all, didn't he create the Internet in the first place?


At 11:26 AM, jeffrey said...

UN is on probation, in no way should we contribute to that currently worthless organization. I do think that it needs to be controlled globaly but I dissagree that it needs to be political.

At 8:38 PM, Pastyface said...

I say let the Internet be the wild west as long as it lives!


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