Wednesday, November 16, 2005

UN, EU Internet Power Grab Fails, US To Remain In Control

The Enemy Press CNN reports a "deal" was reached prior to the UN's World Summit on the Information Society that kept control of the internet's root servers in the hands of ICANN. Previously the EU crowed that they would take control of the internet by fiat, that they would force the US to capitulate.

Yesterday they had to eat crow as the US refused to back down. Enemy Press Network CNN tried to put a brave face on the failure to wrest control from the bastion of freedom by the stifling bureaucracy of the EU. "Negotiators from more than 100 countries agreed late Tuesday to leave the United States in charge of the Internet's addressing system, averting a U.S.-EU showdown at this week's U.N. technology summit." Heh, "agreed." No, what happened was the EU and UN got fobbed off with a toothless forum which can only "address concerns. The forum, however, would have no binding authority." That's right, the totalitarians got zip, zilch, nada. According to Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael Gallagher, "'The Internet lives to innovate for another day,' he told The (Enemy Press) Associated Press."

Yes, as long as the US controls the internet it will live and continue to grow and even perhaps transform into something else. What matters is that stifling the internet with controls from totalitarians of all stripes will produce nothing good. The Good Guys won this round.

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