[ih] [IP] EFF calls for signatures from Internet Engineers against censorship
jcurran at istaff.org
Wed Dec 21 04:02:48 PST 2011
On Dec 21, 2011, at 1:51 AM, Keith Moore wrote:
> My strong impression was that many in the USG (specifically the Clinton administration) saw the Internet as an opportunity for a power grab by the US. It's hardly surprising if Internet developers from all over the world didn't share that vision.
Strange - we seem to be talking about history of two different Internets...
The development and management of Internet has always had some form
of USG involvement, initial starting with direct funding for various
development as well as funding for management of critical resources.
Over time, this evolved into grants of key developmental work, and
from direct oversight (ICCB, 'IAB', FNC) to open multi-stakeholder
governance structures (IAB, IETF)
In fact, the US Government has consistently supported the transition
from top-down contracting vehicles to more open bottom-up processes
for Internet governance. In the IP world, this included the
decentralization of the IP address management with the delegations
to RIPE NCC and APNIC, the approval to move the remaining IP address
management from NSI/InterNIC to ARIN in 1997. In DNS, steps include
the formation of ICANN to provide a more international and open process
for DNS policy coordination as well as the expiration & replacement
of the ICANN JPA with the Affirmation of Commitments framework.
If someone can point out another organization (other than the USG) which
has been more active in consciously releasing its control over the Internet
in preference to multistakeholder mechanisms, I'd love to hear about it.
The evolution to fully free standing certainly is taking a long-time,
but that's as much about the maturity of ICANN and multiple new players
anxiously wanting control in this space as it is about USG letting go.
Even now, I would not ascribe the actions of a congressional committee
bending to corporate lobbying as the general aspirations of "The US
Government". It is amusing that the current Administration is now caught
having to simultaneously say "the rights of individuals to express their
views freely on the Internet are universal" (H. Clinton, Dec 2011) and
yet disavow that such conflicts with the censorship inherent in SOPA, but
again one of those actually reflects long-standing USG policy and whereas
the other is just an expression of lobbying funds in a pre-election year.
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