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13 October, 2005

Ranting from the backwoods

In a bizarrely arrogant letter to the Guardian, someone in Oregon says:

America generates the internet and some international group wants to steal it

No, ignore that utter rubbish; this is the part I want to comment upon:

I can tell you what US users and the US government are going to say about an international group controlling internet standards within US borders: forget it.
It's unacceptable for a non-US group to operate within the USA, yet absolutely fine for the USA to govern activities within other countries? No. I don't think so.

Personally, I have no problem with a private-sector US company holding the contract to provide admin facilities to the internet, so long as the US Government has no regulatory role – none whatsoever. It's utterly fundamental that no one nation 'owns' the internet, and particularly not the Bush government. That's not a party-political thing, and certainly not an anti-American thing; I'd feel the same way if, say, New Zealand was attempting to annex the internet, but the idea that this specific presidential administration might attempt to regulate the world's internet according to its own perverted morality is simply repugnant.


Don't worry, we just want to hook up all those surveillance cameras you have to the internet as the TV programs here suck......

Posted by showtaper at October 13, 2005 06:07 PM
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