If you don't know already about the history of the Internet, then you might want to read up on that.
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[quote name='http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/09/30/internet.control.ap/']U.S. insists on controlling Web
Friday, September 30, 2005; Posted: 4:51 a.m. EDT (08:51 GMT)
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- The United States refuses to relinquish its role as the Internet's principal traffic policeman, rejecting calls in a United Nations meeting for a U.N. body to take over, a top U.S. official said.[/quote]
[quote name='http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/09/30/eu.us.internet.ap/index.html']EU, U.S. set for Internet showdown
Friday, September 30, 2005; Posted: 11:20 a.m. EDT (15:20 GMT)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union insisted Friday that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of policing the Internet.[/quote]
[quote name='http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/10/20/congress.internet.reut/index.html']Lawmakers urge U.S. to keep control of Web
Thursday, October 20, 2005; Posted: 10:58 a.m. EDT (14:58 GMT)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. lawmakers are urging the Bush administration to resist a push from other countries to shift control of the Internet to the United Nations, arguing that such a move would stifle innovation and free expression.[/quote]
Personally I think the government should continue to controll the Internet. We made it, so why just give it away? We've been controlling the Internet for the last 15-20 years, so why let the UN control it when they would want to redo the entire setup we have of the Internet. And since we haven't had any major problems with the US government controlling the Internet I dont' see how it could get any better with an International body.
So what do you think?
[quote name='http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/cerf.shtml']History of Internet
In 1973, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiated a research program to investigate techniques and technologies for interlinking packet networks of various kinds. The system of protocols which was developed over the course of this research effort became known as the TCP/IP Protocol Suite, after the two initial protocols developed: Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP).
In 1986, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated the development of the NSFNET which, today, provides a major backbone communication service for the Internet. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Energy contributed additional backbone facilities in the form of the NSINET and ESNET respectively. In Europe, major international backbones such as NORDUNET and others provide connectivity to over one hundred thousand computers on a large number of networks.
A great deal of support for the Internet community has come from the U.S. Federal Government, since the Internet was originally part of a federally-funded research program and, subsequently, has become a major part of the U.S. research infrastructure.
Over its fifteen year history, the Internet has functioned as a collaboration among cooperating parties. Certain key functions have been critical for its operation, not the least of which is the specification of the protocols by which the components of the system operate. These were originally developed in the DARPA research program... but in the last five or six years, this work has been undertaken on a wider basis with support from Government agencies in many countries, industry and the academic community. The Internet Activities Board (IAB) was created in 1983 to guide the evolution of the TCP/IP Protocol Suite and to provide research advice to the Internet community.
During the course of its existence, the IAB has reorganized several times. It now has two primary components: the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Research Task Force. The former has primary responsibility for further evolution of the TCP/IP protocol suite, its standardization with the concurrence of the IAB, and the integration of other protocols into Internet operation (e.g. the Open Systems Interconnection protocols). The Internet Research Task Force continues to organize and explore advanced concepts in networking under the guidance of the Internet Activities Board and with support from various government agencies.
Two other functions are critical to IAB operation: publication of documents describing the Internet and the assignment and recording of various identifiers needed for protocol operation.
The recording of identifiers is provided by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) who has delegated one part of this responsibility to an Internet Registry which acts as a central repository for Internet information and which provides central allocation of network and autonomous system identifiers, in some cases to subsidiary registries located in various countries. The Internet Registry (IR) also provides central maintenance of the Domain Name System (DNS) root database which points to subsidiary distributed DNS servers replicated throughout the Internet.[/quote]
(moderator edit: added a live link to the ISOC document quoted; greatly reduced and edited original content published because of fair use considerations. jgweed)
Edited by jgweed, 24 October 2005 - 12:57 PM.