A battle has erupted over who governs the internet, with America demanding to maintain a key role in the network it helped create and other countries demanding more control. The European commission is warning that if a deal cannot be reached at a meeting in Tunisia next month the internet will split apart.
At issue is the role of the US government in overseeing the internet’s address structure, called the domain name system (DNS), which enables communication between the world’s computers. It is managed by the California-based, not-for-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) under contract to the US department of commerce.
THE EC is warning that unless America stops insisting that it control the world wide wibbly web, the whole lot will split apart. It is the Eurocratic equivalent of Chicken Licken. America says that the countries who are threatening to build their own internets are no fans of freedom of expression, although quite what he has against Brazil is not clear. But then again America’s friend Canada is not so keen on the US having total control of the internet either.
Internet could collapse in Chicken Licken nightmare
Published in: General on 2005-10-14