Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Europe wrestles with U.S. over control of the Internet

Global technology news

The 25 countries in the European Union (EU) are putting additional pressure in the United States to turn over control of the Internet to the United Nations. The U.S. insists that the information highway must remain under its control for strategic reasons. Details:

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Shirazi said...

I am presently writing a piece for one local publication ahead of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (due to be held in Tunisia between November 16 and 18). Your pointer is a big help. Thanks.

Deb S. said...

Shirazi, perhaps you will share your piece with us once it is written. You display so much knowledge in the area of global technology. Thank you for telling us about the WSIS.

Reggie said...

The problem facing the internet is not about control.

America doesn't need to "control" something that has become vastly popular, user-centric and an excellent marketing tool to spread American products, values and influence to the far reaches of humanity.

What they are fighting to keep is the implicit (un-explained) ability to monitor/spy on users.

Why do you think the EU is so upset about America maintaining the core of TCP/IP infrastructure in the States? Why do you think China spends a lot of money and IT infrastructure in blocking a significant portion of what is on the web?

The US government funded military project now known as the internet is a simple but effective way to penetrate, monitor and effectively influence users.

Think about how your life has changed in the last 7-10 years. Now think how much more the lives of the rest of the 5billion people will change in the next 5-10 years as their access to the internet increases by magnatudes of 10 per year and not just through fixed lines, but mobile devices that stream the net to classroom projectors, cell phones, digital TV, iPods, etc...

Scary how 1 and only 1 country will [wants to] hold all the keys.

DCS said...

Reggie, perhaps CNN should hire you and Shirazi to provide live commentary from the World Summit. Stay tuned.

Tarek said...

There must be not control on Internet rather from EU nor US

Deb S. said...

Tarek Amr, I think your comment is a very interesting one. Should anyone have control of the Internet? To examine that issue, perhaps you, Shirazi and Reggie can provide team news coverage of the World Summit in Tunisia next month!