Wednesday, November 23, 2005

We can with ICANN

Many of the world's nations are upset that the US has control of the world wide web. The California non profit company Internet Corporation of Assigned Numbers and Names (ICANN) has control of it all. When you type a website name in your address bar, your computer checks a database (DNS Service) to match the name to the number (IP address) of the site. Therefore if the US wanted to, at any point in the future, it could blackout entire portions of the web, say Zimbabwe, or better yet, Venezuela. read more and more

My view on this matter is that the US developed the internet and gave it to the world for free. If a country abuses this gift, or uses it to construct strategies against the US, they should be subject to being 'turned off'. If they want to invent a better network, they are welcome to try.

They could even use the same TCP/IP technology in a closed system, to avoid being controlled by the US. This would prevent what President Mugabe of Zimbabwe calls the undermining of a country's values with porn and crime.

I vote that the US maintain control, not the inept UN or any other consortium of world leaders.


Blogger Does not play well with others said...

I disagree. I think that the WORLD WIDE web can and should be the purest form of freedom of speech, and I don’t think it should be regulated at all, only maintaned. America wants to spread democracy to the rest of the world? Fine. Then practice what you preach by not censoring other nations, regardless of what they are contributing to the web.
Not to mention the fact that I think that closed off webs (excuse my technical jargon  ) would undercut the whole point of the world wide web. I should be able to go on the web and see what people in other countries think, regardless of whether it is anti-American, or considered pornographic, or whatever. There are always going to be people and organizations that will abuse any system, and the web is no different. But I don’t think that the answer is to cut them off or black them out. Use the web to hightlight them as the abusers and misrepresenters that they are. Ignoring a problem never makes it go away, it makes it worse.

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