Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Sep 2005 11:17 UTC
Internet & Networking At PrepCom3, a dramatic last-minute deal drawn up by the EU may mark the end of the US government's control of the internet. In essence, [the EU called for] a new version of the current overseeing body ICANN and an end to the US government's overall control of the DNS. The US was scathing about the proposals, within minutes telling delegates that it "can't in any way allow any changes" that would prevent it from having overall control of the internet. Other countries, like Brazil, China, Iran and Cuba support the proposal. Brazil's ambassador outlined: "It is not a question of being anti-ICANN, it's about having a very clear and open and democratic and inclusive mechanism of overview of certain functions that today are performed by ICANN with no kind of supervision."
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My opinion on this is that the UN has no right to take control of the internet and it has no reason to either. First of all the internet was invented in the US. The US should be allowed to retain control as long as it wants. On top of that the US hasn't really regulated the interenet much. It is probably the most democratic entity in existance. Secondly, repressive regimes have s say in the UN and that can only reduce democracy on the internet. The last reason it is a bad idea is that even if there was good reason to hand over conrtol to an international entity, the best thing to do would be to create an entirely new entity that conrtolled the internet and the internet only. Seperation of powers is a GOOD thing.

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