Yahoo News: “The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.
Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users’ privacy.
“If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life,” Berners-Lee said at the London “Web We Want” festival on the future of the internet.
Opinion: On March 14, 2014 the Obama administration announced it was initiating a process to transfer oversight of the Internet from the United States to some yet-to-be-defined global entity. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Strickling said, “The timing is right to start the transition process.”
Langley Intelligence report April 9, 2014:
“The United States faced a global backlash after the Snowden revelations detailing the extent of U.S. electronic eavesdropping. The disclosures prompted the UN and other global organizations to resurrect earlier proposals to give other countries a greater say in how the Internet is governed. The demands to decrease U.S. control were not new, but Snowden’s leaks poured gasoline on the fire.
Looked at in one light, the ICANN announcement is a potentially clever concession aimed at demonstrating U.S. goodwill and assuring the world that the United States does not desire to maintain unfair domination of the Internet forever. If the gesture steals ammunition from those autocracies bent on getting some level of jurisdiction over the Internet for the ITU, as a prelude to allowing complete government domination of the Internet in those countries, loosening up ICANN governance may be a smart strategic move to demonstrate the United States can play well with others on Internet governance.”
The move doesn’t take effect until late 2015.
Interesting that the UN climate protocol of which President Obama is a proponent is also slated for late 2015, just one year before the Obama second term ends.
In case you missed my post on Friday, our book Antichrist: The Search For Amalek says this:
“President Obama, nearing the end of eight tumultuous years, was ready for a new job, and as fate would have it, one was about to be offered to him. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was ready to announce his retirement to be effective at the end of his term on December 31, 2016.
The world was ready for new leadership, and Ban, nearing seventy-two, was exhausted. The UN vacancy, if accepted, would be a perfect fit for the internationally popular US president.”
Tick, tick …