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Vint Cerf, US Congresswoman oppose net regulation

schliz (994115) writes | more than 3 years ago

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schliz (994115) writes "Vint Cerf, Google, ICANN and California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack have opposed a recently revealed UN initiative to regulate the internet. Congresswoman Mack put forward a US resolution that the United Nations and other international governmental organisations maintain a "hands-off approach" to the internet, arguing that "the internet has progressed and thrived precisely because it has not been subjected to the suffocating effect of a governmental organization's heavy hand".

Meanwhile, the so-called "father of the internet", Vint Cerf, called on stakeholders to sign a petition to mobilize opposition of the UN's plan. "Today, I have signed that petition on Google's behalf because we don't believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance," said Cerf, who is also Google's chief internet lobbyist."

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Sovereignty (1)

Wolfling1 (1808594) | more than 3 years ago | (#34612548)

IMHO, the Internet erodes the sovereignty of international borders. Information can pass in and out of countries with no effective border security, customs or scrutiny. This is creating borderless economies that threaten tax revenues (eg Google Ireland). Government regulation of the Internet is more about money than freedom of information. Sadly, I believe that the less scrupulous governments (eg US, China, Russia) will use the legitimate moral high ground to establish the controls - and then use them in inappropriate ways.

Hopefully, someone will perfect the Beowulf cluster before that happens.
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