Thursday, July 14, 2005

Is this really a good idea?

The U.N. wants to control the internet and not too many people are enthusiastic about that. The proposal due to be released July 18th proposes that the International Telecommunications Union under the U.N.'s power, would regulate and control how the internet is ran nowadays. Many countries are claiming that there is now a "convergence of views." They claim that part of the new organization responsibilities would be Internet surveillance or what they call, "consumer protection." The next bad thing about this is that the U.N. would have the ability to tax domain names for "universal access." So far this is not sounding like a good idea. Of course the Bush administration said it would not hand over the control of Internet domain names and addresses to anyone else.
What would be even worse is that Brazil and China have brandished their weapon in what they have called a fragmented root. Or in other words this means that top level domain names would not be recognized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), but would be recognized by the rest of the world. The downside of this, this option would create an internet where two computers would find different web sites at the same address. This option is only small however, but could possibly happen. So now we play the waiting game.


posted by Vash at 8:11 PM


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