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Monday, March 17, 2014
Control of the Internet Given Away to Whom ?
This week, the Obama administration agreed to relinquishing the "internet's core architecture" to the "global internet community". What ? Why don't we just give California to Mr. Putin ? This is one more example of our present governmental systems not acting in the best interests of the American people. Who are they working for, if not us ?
Relinquishing control of the internet in the US will do a number of things, some of which we can't even anticipate as this falls squarely in the domain of the laws of unintended consequences. First of all, with less control of the internet, where we do have a large machine (and I mean that figuratively) to monitor cyber security, we will be powerless when misuse occurs and other nations don't have the same paid employees to investigate and shut down such issues. Data stored on the internet may well be more prone to breach under alternate fuzzy controllers ! There would be nothing to prevent waves of cyber attacks.
In addition, with frenemies in charge of the internet, how many minutes do you think it would be before we all start paying internet excise or use taxes, not unlike Britain's annual tax on ownership of each television ?
Write a letter to your Congressman, to John Kerry, and to Mr. Obama and tell them that in this era of uncertainty, we need whatever control of the internet our nation can have. We need to be able to fight global crime and cyber attacks on systems, companies, schools and individuals. Perhaps rather than logging all our phone calls, they should be working on the protection of the venue of the only commerce apparently doing well during the Digital Depression !
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