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King of the Internet

It had to come to this. With the explosive growth of the world-wide net we all love and hate, sooner or later we would have a conflict regarding the control of it. The issue, in short, is that George W Bush would prefer to remain the sheriff of the internet.

ICANN, the nearest thing to a ruling body with their hold of the DNS system, was supposed to receive independence from the US Department of Commerce by September 2006, but two months ago the US said it would not happen. The fact that one country is linked to the organism that technically rules the internet is not very popular. If the US would like to change the root DNS servers, say remove all “.se” addresses, in theory they can do it. The topic divided nations at the UN summit two years ago, and we will most likely see another showdown at the UN summit in Tunisia next month.

The thing I love the most about the web is that it is a unifying force between people of different age, culture and geographical location. The topic of an internet-related summit should be issues like bringing more people online and decrease spam, not another round in the eternal game of ownership that humanity never seems to grow tired of. If there is no agreement after the summit, this could be the beginning of a fragmented internet where national sandboxes appear.

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