Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2005 11:36 UTC
Internet & Networking A new resolution introduced in the US Senate offers political backing to the Bush administration by slamming a United Nations effort to exert more influence over the Internet. At the heart of this international political spat is the unique influence that the US federal government enjoys over Internet addresses and the master database of top-level domain names - a legacy of the Internet's origins years ago. The Bush administration recently raised objections to the proposed addition of .xxx as a red-light district for pornographers, for instance, a veto power that no other government is able to wield.
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Just do it, let history sort it out.
by The1stImmortal on Thu 20th Oct 2005 03:53 UTC
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The internet and computing community is full of examples where something was *just done* and history was left to sort out the winners from the losers. Evidence the OS wars (from way back to the current situation), competing protocols, processors, and so on. Open source is full of examples of people not liking an existing system, so implementing their own because it was too difficult to change the existing one. If the UN wants "control" (really, more an administrative role) of the 'net, it should just do it, and let the worlds nations and people choose where their loyalties lie. If the US system wins out in the end, so be it, if the UN (or other international system) is the victor, well done. Heck, with IPv6 growing now it's entirely possible for both to exist alongside each other. Stop talking, start doing.

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