30 March 2014

Internet Governance, Big Brother, ICANN, NETmundial

If nothing else, the Snowden documents reveal a US government that thinks it has rights and privileges that supersede the rights of global internet users, and other governments, all in the name of "US national security." So where does this leave US-based ICANN? And where does this leave the rest of us--users, registrants, registrars, registries, etc.?

Big data, big business, Big Brother? - CNN.com: " . . .Let's remember that some 90% of the Internet's key infrastructure (search, clouds, hosting, portals etc) is US-based, and thereby subject to near-Orwellian laws such as the PATRIOT Act and FISA, which makes compliance with the laws (and norms or cultures) of users from other territories such as Europe, Brazil or India next to impossible. Next in line to want a piece of Internet control is China and Russia; clearly this does not bode well for 'the people formerly know as consumers' who simply must be able trust providers before truly adapting E-commerce, digital money, e-health or online education...."

Brazil, Europe plan undersea cable to skirt U.S. spying - Yahoo News: ""We have to respect privacy, human rights and the sovereignty of nations. We don't want businesses to be spied upon," Rousseff told a joint news conference with the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council. "The Internet is one of the best things man has ever invented. So we agreed for the need to guarantee ... the neutrality of the network, a democratic area where we can protect freedom of expression," Rousseff said."

The upcoming NETmundial conference may be interesting. (NETmundial in São Paulo, April 23-24, 2014
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