Monday, October 03, 2005

U.S. Insists on Internet Control

MIT Technology Review and the Washington Post are reporting on a story about the United States control being challenged/questioned for the internet's top level routers.
"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."

Since the internet is basically an invention from the military network, I can see where some government officials might have a point in wanting to hold onto control. However, when something in the private sector becomes so engraved in everyday life, the same government officials do not hesitate to force regulation restrictions (e.g. power, utilities) to prevent the threat of ill use.

There are also some well-pointed technical issues concerning addressing and compliance:
Some countries have been frustrated 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.

Tech Review: Link
Washington Post: Link


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