[nycbug-talk] U.S surrenders ICANN control

Charles Sprickman spork at bway.net
Sat Jul 29 16:58:26 EDT 2006

On Sat, 29 Jul 2006, Marc Spitzer wrote:

> No the issue is that the US paid for the internet and if you do not
> like it go build your own.

US-based corporations, not the US government.  There was an "internet" but 
nothing like what we see today, and there was this restriction on 
commercial content.  I wouldn't mind having that internet back again, but 
that's another topic.

Not until private money (and I'd bet even some foreign money) came around 
did the internet become what we have today.  And I think CERN gets quite 
some credit for coming up with the idea of the "WWW".  Where would we be 
without that?

Why the US (or China, or Japan or Germany) should say whether we can have 
a ".xxx" TLD is beyond me.  Give 'em all votes and see what happens.  This 
country was too prudish and/or dumb to allow a TLD just for porn.

(George R.)
>> It would be wonderful if there was some truly neutral, non governmental,
>> vendor-neutral solution to this. . . But the reality of the IETF just
>> makes that laughable.
> we can agree to disagree on that.

I think they actually have a detailed, vendor-sponsored, vendor-biased, 
patented protocol on how to insert your genitals into a goat's mouth 
without being bit.  You'll have to sign an NDA to look at it though. :)


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