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Will the US Lose Control of the Internet?

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes | about 6 months ago


Jeremiah Cornelius (137) writes "Upon revelation of the extent of US foreign intelligence surveillance, through efforts by Edward Snowden and LavaBit founder Ladar Levison, an increasing number of nation's have expressed official dismay and concern over the US dominance in managing the infrastructure for request and transit of information on the Internet. In the past, ICANN challenges have been secondary to efforts in the UN ITU — until now. Yesterday at a summit in Uruguay, every major Internet governing body pledged to free themselves of the influence of the US government. "The directors of ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet Society and all five of the regional Internet address registries have vowed to break their associations with the US government. The group called for "accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing". Any doubt about the reason or timing of this statement is dispelled with the inclusion: "the group 'expressed strong concern over the undermining of the trust and confidence of Internet users globally due to recent revelations of pervasive monitoring and surveillance'."

The US argument for maintaining governance has been the need to maintain "a free and open Internet" versus interests of authoritarian societies. Has recent understanding of the wholesale surveillance of telecommunications by the NSA completely ruined the US reputation as the just custodian of that mission?"

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It's a mixed bag (1)

redmid17 (1217076) | about 6 months ago | (#45138631)

Recent "news" of the US and its surveillance program is deeply disturbing. It's capturing monitoring a lot of communication, including a lot of stuff that (probably a majority) that they should not be. And, to be rank, many other countries are performing or asking for the same surveillance as the US. Five Eyes anyone? Even though Germany has been blasting the US and UK over this, their Bundesnachrichtendienst has been pretty complicit in handing over metadata as well.
However the US still retains more allowance of free speech than most other countries are comfortable with or legally allow. I like Germany's courts recognizing a right to information self-determination (from memory, might not be exact) but I do not like their stance on free speech and Nazism. Likewise I am not too thrilled about France's punishment for denying the Holocaust. It smacks me too much of thought crime.
There are a few more issues that I won't delve into here, and I don't know the right direction. I'm also very leery of the UN getting too deeply involved because *many* of the member-states are deeply involved in censorship and internal segmentation from the internet proper. The global, relatively open nature of the Internet flies in the face of isolation, segmentation, and censorship... or at least it should.
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