Things are definitely getting heated up in the power struggle over the Internet. I’m getting heated up too.
The US has got an image problem when it comes to the internet.
It is seen as arrogant and determined to remain the sheriff of the world wide web, regardless of whatever the rest of the world may think.
It has even lost the support of the European Union. It stands alone as the divisive battle over who runs the internet heads for a showdown at a key UN summit in Tunisia next month.
The stakes are high, with the European Commissioner responsible for the net, Viviane Reding, warning of a potential web meltdown.
“The US is absolutely isolated and that is dangerous,” she said during a briefing with journalists in London.
“Imagine the Brazilians or the Chinese doing their own internet. That would be the end of the story.
We have an image problem? While the freakin’ UN and EU are doing what? Cowtowing to the likes of China, Iran, and 3rd-world African nations?
In the face of opposition from countries such as China, Iran and Brazil, and several African nations, the US is now isolated ahead of November’s UN summit.
China?! China has say in this?! They’re an economic powerhouse only by virtue of their size and they actively and continuously engage in oppressing their people and limiting access to the Internet! And Iran?! Why should anybody give two cents what the hell Iran thinks about this?
Oh, and it gets better! The EU proposes essentially breaking the Internet and its worldwide cohesiveness and what do they propose?
The EU does not intend to scrap I[CANN]. It would continue in its current technical role.
Instead Europe is suggesting a way of allowing countries to express their position on internet issues, though the details on how this would happen are vague.
“We have no intention to regulate the internet,” said Commissioner Reding, reassuring the US that the EU was not proposing setting up a new global body.
Rather she talked of a “model of cooperation”, of an international forum to discuss the internet.
Yes, you intend on breaking the Internet, and you remain vague about how you want to fix it. You want to break the Internet so you have a chance to discuss things? Brilliant. Freakin’ brilliant. And I find rich irony in the fact that some EU bureaucrat claims they have “no intention to regulate the internet.” Yeah, the EU, the king of regulation and bureaucracy doesn’t want to regulate. The smell of BS is almost overwhelming.
Yes, I’m pissed about this.
Here is a short op-ed from the WSJ that is a little bit less apoplectic. Worth the short read.