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    US relinquishes control of the internet

    US relinquishes control of the internet | Technology | guardian.co.uk

    After complaints about American dominance of the internet and growing disquiet in some parts of the world, Washington has said it will relinquish some control over the way the network is run and allow foreign governments more of a say in the future of the system.
    This is a fantastically stupid thing to do.
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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

    Why would US give up such a powerful tool .... willingly?


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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

    Because we have stupid, stupid people in Washington.
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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

    I had a feeling Europe was one of those that complained and I checked and lo and behold:

    Earlier this year European officials said that they did not think it was proper for America to retain so much control over the global computer network.
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    Icann chief Rod Beckstrom, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Washington insider who took over running the organisation in July, said there had been legitimate concerns that some countries were developing alternative internets as a way of routing around American control.

    "It's rumoured that there are multiple experiments going on with countries forking the internet, various countries have discussed this," he said. "This is a very significant shift because it takes the wind out of our opponents."
    I don't know enough on the topic to say anything for sure, but it sounds like there is more to the story than your OP suggests.
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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

    That's pretty much like saying we should relinquish some control over our military because other countries are building their own.
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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

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    That's pretty much like saying we should relinquish some control over our military because other countries are building their own.
    That would be wildly inaccurate. No other country uses our military.
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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

    It may not be perfect, but it's hardly "wildly inaccurate."

    Others: the dollar is the world reserve currency, so we should relinquish some control of the Federal Reserve.

    Or, United States policy reverberates the world over, so everyone should have some say in our elections. (This has actually been argued.)
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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

    I don't have a huge deal of knowledge about the internet on a political level, but what I do know is this... the U.S. could either give it up willingly, or other countries would begin forming separate networks that would compete in the digital realm.

    It's incredibly stupid to host most of the network in any given nation, where a disaster could disable it worldwide. Having the network spread over the whole world makes it more efficient and it distributes risk... if most of the servers are in the U.S. then that is a disadvantage to everyone outside of there.

    Now the system can become truly global. If there are security issues, then it will be the responsibility of each country to have appropriate guards for its own ports in the network.

    It's also just good for business.

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    Re: US relinquishes control of the internet

    It's not "incredibly stupid" for the nation that's hosting it.

    Now, I certainly expect people from other countries to say "why SHOULD you have it????"

    Well, we built it. It gives us a powerful advantage. I don't feel guilty about having advantages like that. But I do know that some do.
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