International Telecommunications Union to Control Internet ?

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  1. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Showdown set on bid to give UN control of Internet - FRANCE 24
     
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    Original headline was dramatic.

    Technically speaking, USA currently "controls" the internet, this move will remove their monopoly. I support this
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    India also supports this. In a nutshell, the battle is getting rid of USA's monopoly on ICANN

    ICANN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ICANN is responsible for the coordination of the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers and, in particular, ensuring its stable and secure operation.[2] This work includes coordination of the Internet Protocol address spaces (IPv4 and IPv6) and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries, for maintaining registries of Internet protocol identifiers, and for the management of the top-level domain name space (DNS root zone), which includes the operation of root nameservers. Most visibly, much of its work has concerned the DNS policy development for internationalization of the DNS system and introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs). The actual technical maintenance work of maintenance of the central Internet address pools and DNS root registries ICANN performs pursuant to the "IANA function" contract.
     
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    And replace with a UN monopoly?

    It's the old story. Uncle Sam (DARPA) develops a technology and the rest of the world wants to get its fingers on it, in the interest of ~what? "Fairness"?

    Another reason why the world loves Obama, our affirmative-action, post-American president.



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    Yes

    That 'technology' ceased being secret decades ago. Battle here is over control of ICANN which is a governing body.

    The alternative is worse. Countries may start to implement their own DNS root, which may not be interoperable. i.e each country would have their "own internet"
     
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    To me, the UN is the same as the Borg.

    I will resist, even if the US government submits..
     
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    Countries should develop their own internets rather than trying to snatch a slice of the pie. US is doing an ok job of maintaining ICANN.
     
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    Didn't expect this answer from you ! You're comfortable with all top level domains being controlled by USA ?
     
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    So we need a central governing body to maintain interoperability. What could be the implications (both ways) if a UN agency takeover the control over Internet @LurkerBaba ? :wat:
     
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    To be honest if a UN agency takes control, then I'd expect loads of censorship due to Russia, China, Sibal :)scared1:) etc. Maybe its better in US hands.

    Good outcome ? If war breaks out, USA won't be able to "take down" the internet by messing up routes of top level domains
     
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    Today i read somewhere that 40% nets users in India are girls :D
     
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    Have a look at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
     
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    The USA may have the resources to defend the internet that other countries or organizations would not have. Also there is less likely to be censorship if its operated by the USA. I dont see the USA giving up control.
     
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    I'm glad you have such a high opinion of yourself.
     
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    Yes. The Internet would be a safer place that way, imho. The americans might be bad at a lot of things, a lot of them. But the internet is one thing they are supremely good at maintaining and developing. Their record speaks for them. Yes, i'm against the political stances that America takes, however, technology should not be confused with polity.
    No one has been hurt or is likely to be hurt by American "control" over the internet (the Internet, for that matter, cannot be controlled, it's simply an interconnected system). In any case, the US has a great sway over UN and things are unlikely to change much. Still, I'd say, let the US have control over Icann. It's simply an organisation. If other countries want control so bad, they should simply develop a consortium of their own.
    So yeah, i'm all for American control over top level domains. Very good technological experts work there, no denying this fact. One would rather trust them than any political body.
     
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