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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

 
You Can't Take The Net From Me

My little song parody turns out to be more topical than I realized:

The United States said at the outset of global talks on information technology yesterday that it will fight attempts to put the United Nations or any international group in charge of the Internet.

"We want to make sure the private sector leads and the Internet continues to be a reservoir of great innovation, and that governments continue to focus on enabling the growth of the Internet, and not of controlling its use," Ambassador David A. Gross told The Washington Times in an interview.

Major developing nations spearheaded by China, Brazil, South Africa, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and a number of industrialized countries including Norway, Switzerland and Russia would like to see the United States relinquish its historic control of the Internet.

From the "slavery = freedom" department (emphasis added):

"This situation is very undemocratic, unfair and unreasonable," said Sha Zukang, the ambassador from China, which this week imposed new rules that allow only "healthy and civilized" news to be read by the mainland's 100 million Web users.

China's government will determine which news is healthy and which news is not.

I have a question for Internet techies out there. Would it be possible to set up some sort of wireless Internet provider outside a specific nation's borders (perhaps even in orbit) that at least some citizens within that nation could access - a sort of ISP version of Voice of America?




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