15 Nov 2005

Please Let Us Steal Your Internet and Wreck it

The BBC fawns over a looterfest in Tunisia, to which 15,000 delegates, and more than 50 heads of state, are gleefully converging (likes ants to a picnic) to panhandle their way into control of at least a slice of the world’s most important information technology delivery system. It isn’t fair, you see, that

The net’s infrastructure has been managed in an informal way through collaboration with businesses, civil society, academic and technical communities.

Many developing countries have felt left out of this process.

A private, not-for-profit group, formed by the US Department of Commerce, called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), currently supervises the net’s infrastructure.

Its oversees domain name and addressing systems, such as country domain suffixes, and manages how net browsers and e-mail programs direct traffic.

Developing nations want the net and its domains shared more equally, so that everyone can benefit from the web’s economic, political, social and cultural advantages.

The US is reluctant to relinquish its grip, arguing that UN proposals would shift regulation from private sector leadership, to government, top-down control.

WSIS takes place in Tunis, Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November.

Possible US sell-out to European plan.

11/15 Follow-up on OSM

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