"No new organizations were created," said David Gross, the State Department's Internet policy chief and head of the U.S. delegation. "No oversight mechanisms were established by anyone over anyone. There was also no change in the U.S. government's role in relation to the Internet, and no mechanism for such a change was created.
With the corruption in the U.N., who knows what kind of rules and regulations they would put on it. I wouldn't trust them with a paper route much less the entire internet. But I doubt the fight is over.
Several U.S. congressmen remain skeptical. Rep. John T. Doolittle, California Republican, with two other members of Congress, has introduced a resolution urging that the U.S. remain in charge of the Internet's day-to-day operations.
"Whether they call it a 'board' or a 'forum,' it's clear that the ultimate goal of the U.N. is still to wrest control of the Internet," Mr. Doolittle said last night.
More than 11,000 government, business and civic leaders are in Africa for the three-day summit, which was scheduled to officially begin today and is focused on identifying ways to bridge the global "digital divide" between technology haves and have-nots. But the potential fight over future Internet governance dominated the preparatory sessions.
This just tells you that other nations are jealous of the U.S.'s control of the internet, but hey, it was created here. The control should stay here. There is to be another forum on it in Greece next year and though they will discuss the issue, there will not be any policies created there. Be sure and keep track of when the forum is because...
The forum will be open to all public and private groups, including industry and academic specialists, he (David Gross) said.
So for now the internet is safe as the forum/summit/conference next year will be discussion only. Who knows what the future will bring, though. Scary thought!
John R. Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Monday said the U.N. summit would be worthwhile, but would not resolve an issue with so many global participants offering different opinions.
"Other governments are sophisticated enough to argue that they don't want greater control over the Internet, they want greater benefits from it," Mr. Bolton said at a luncheon meeting with reporters and editors at The Washington Times. "Greater benefits means a greater say in how those benefits are distributed, and that's the camel's nose under the tent that we have to be very careful of. Whatever happens in Tunis, I don't think that's the end of the issue."