ZenPundit on Control of the Internet

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We have retained ZenPundit in our greatly reduced General Blogroll because we simply like the honest opinion found in this blog. This is not a blog where someone is “posturing” on the internet to cast or present a certain image, but it is a blog which you know by reading represents one “true” non-dogmatic opinion out there in the blogosphere, whether you agree with that opinion or not. Such true opinions are the essence of blogging and thus are very useful as information – we get to see what other people are REALLY thinking.

We were in one case particularly in agreement with ZenPundit’s unabashed commentary concerning the recent wish of the EU and the “Rest of the World” to want to run the internet. We agree here fully with ZenPundit that this is a preposterous idea.

Zen Pundit points out that “the internet is a product of American taxpayer dollars and open-system participation by a billion people across the planet”. Yet, other political groups want to appropriate this system.

We too find it rather remarkable that the rest of the political world, which does not create the technologies, wants to control them – simply to exercise power and not necessarily to provide a benefit to anyone. It is a supremely selfish thing and the USA should resist this development at every step. Nothing good will come of granting more control of the internet to other nations, quite the contrary, there will simply be more censorship and bureaucracy.

Besides, for the “internationalists”, they should be pleased to know that the known internet root servers (and we would hope there are also several secret ones) are not located simply in the United States, but in fact are spread throughout the globe. As noted at CircleID:

“For the first time in Internet history the number of instances of DNS root servers outside the United States has overtaken the number within. The balance was tipped by the recent launch in Frankfurt of an anycast instance of the RIPE NCC operated K-root server.

The K-root server is one of the 13 DNS root servers that resolve lookups for domain names all over the world and form a critical part of the global Internet infrastructure. The K-root server has been operated by the RIPE NCC since 1997 when the first server was installed at the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in London, UK.”

Similarly, ICANN, the current technical “control” manager of the internet’s domain name system, working together with the U.S. Department of Commerce, already has an international at-large advisory committee.

So what do the EU and UN want? They want to CONTROL the internet – although for what purpose is anyone’s guess.

As far as the UN is concerned, as ZenPundit stated in one of its earliest postings:

” ” Legitimacy ” is vested in sovereign governments and the UN is not a world legislature however much the Social Democratic left has tried to stretch the UN charter during the last ten years. The UN does not grant legitimacy and often recognizes as ” legitimate ” powerless phantom governments of psuedo- nations that are hardly more than geographic expressions. The UN is a political forum, a handy umbrella for a variety of humanitarian agencies and a useful rubber stamp on the rare occasions a consensus exists among all the Security Council members. That and no more.”

As far as the EU is concerned, see this link for a scathing commentary about EU bureaucracy and the internet relating to the example of the European Parliament’s untimely proposed domain .kid.

As it is, ICANN, the current governing body of the Internet, is already looking at new generation top level domain names. What the EU Parliament could add to this matter is a mystery. It is a lark.

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