A Shadow Internet...

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Feb 5 2011 16:16
A Shadow Internet...

With all of this discussion over censoring sensitive or anger-prone speech and ideas of the internet and even radio by governments, one must wonder if the true sense of informative freedom and news generation is in danger because of these proposed strides toward centralization. The reason that this centralization is so potentially toxic and prohibitive to the self-expressive and innovative nature that the internet provides is because that power to control content would then be in the hands of only a few. A few hands that many don’t even trust with their healthcare or tax dollars for that matter. And we all know how that quote about absolute power goes…

Organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) essentially have the power to remove or reject domain names from existence if pressured enough by advisory groups of the government. ICANN’s organizational structure is comprised of many regional internet registries, but is also advised heavily by a Government Advisory Committee (GAC). So with all the talks about censoring “heated” political speech, stopping the boogeyman known as cyber terrorism, and an Identity Ecosystem ran by the Government; the pieces seem to be in place for ICANN to become a significant right hand tool used to do away with trouble makers on the internet. Further, how and who comes to categorize a trouble maker in cyberspace is where the real problems begin. They would become the “Idea Police”…

So is a Shadow Internet of some type going to be the last haven of free speech, as a government-controlled and centralized internet infrastructure that picks and chooses which companies and individuals can be assigned or keep domains? Should we go even further and develop multiple DNS systems for different purposes to avoid censorship battles like this in the first place?

Rather, who has the right to decide?