I Can Ham

29 Aug

A few posts back, I was lamenting the fact that the only source for real news was via the internet. Now that Obama may possibly hand it over to the UN, what could possibly go wrong?

When I first heard about this a coupla years back, I thought it must not be anything important. Being the technological genius that I’m not, I didn’t realise the impact of a domain name. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is basically a registered phonebook of internet users.

ICANN inherited WHOIS, and WHOIS protocol remains largely unchanged since 1999 – in spite of over a decade of task forces, working groups and studies, and changes in privacy laws. As a result, WHOIS is at the center of long-running debate and study at ICANN, among other Internet governance institutions, and in the global Internet community.

That last paragraph from the ICANN website pretty much sums up what the conflicts of interest will be should any rules of the internet be decided by multiple countries.

Consider this: If Zuckerberg can decide what is acceptable on Facebook, and Kordestani can decide what is abusive on Twitter, then who will decide what is read and said outside of private domains?

We already know that the NY times called on Google to put an end to “Hillary’s health” searches . So the new First Amendment is that you’re free to proclaim death wishes to Trump, but cannot question Her Majesty’s well-being. (Free to think as we).

In essence, we are living in a dystopian novel; Thought Police, et al. I reckon it may be time for folks to become reacquainted with the Ham radio……


 

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