Been watching/reading the news on this topic. It survived the weekend, which Friday newsdump topics rarely do.
One of the top stories headlining on Drudge yesterday evening was about Russia/China seizing control once the US gives it up.
The concerns with that are obvious, and have been hit upon by several posters already. So, it really confirms the fears are real, and not knee-jerk
reactions, a lot of people, professionals, congress critters, and businesses, are all rather concerned.
At this point, I am considering fracturing of the internet may be a good thing, IF the fracturing leaves OUR portion alone. What I don't wish to see,
obviously, is some other government attempting to remove US websites.
Can that happen? Possibly.
The Obama administration is keenly aware of the potential for an authoritarian regime to seize power over the Internet.
So, at least this is admitted to, and not a flight of fancy, or as some critics have already proclaimed, hysteria.
DelBianco warned that without proper safeguards, Russian President Vladimir Putin or another authoritarian leader could pressure ICANN to shut down
domains that host critical content.
Fears of censorship are also very real.
And, to top it all off, it is slowly coming out that this was all brought to the forefront because of Snowdens' revelations and US government spying.
Other countries simply want some sense of control, and it appears this was done with a sense of appeasement. However, the spying mechanism is already
in place, does anyone really think simply handing over TLD domain naming is going to inhibit spying? I just don't see how they link the two?
Edward Snowden's leaks about U.S. surveillance have only exacerbated that tension.
It seems something more of a mental trick than anything, because as has been pointed out, the equipment, backbones, the heart of everything, lies
primarily within US borders. Obviously, yes, other countries have built upon that, having their own structures, but it's also a fact that cross
continent cables feed other countries from the US.
It has been mentioned more than once that these cables could be the target of "terrorists", severing the world of communications world wide until
repairs could be made, which would be both time and labor intensive.
And on that topic, check out this story I found. It appears that the world may literally isolate the US from the REST of the internet!
Brazil, Europe plan undersea
cable to skirt U.S. spying
By Robin Emmott
BRUSSELS | Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:49am EST
By Robin Emmott
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea
communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia.
Keep in mind, ICANN is in Brussels. Hmm.
At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the $185 million cable project was central to "guarantee the neutrality" of the
Internet, signaling her desire to shield Brazil's Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.
Rousseff postponed a state visit to Washington last year in protest at the U.S. National Security Agency spying on her email and phone and is now
seeking alternative routes to U.S. cables.
Yep. Way to go, Obama.
edit on 18-3-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)