Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Darn, They Didn't Leave The Party

To my great disappointment, the US refusal to give the UN control of the Internet didn't trigger a breakaway by the fear states and crooks. So we're going to have to make life really uncomfortable for them.

The debacle:

A U.N. technology summit opened Wednesday after an 11th-hour agreement that leaves the United States with ultimate oversight of the main computers that direct the Internet's flow of information, commerce and dissent.

Negotiators from more than 100 countries agreed late Tuesday to leave the United States in charge, through a quasi-independent body called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

That averted a U.S.-EU showdown that threatened to derail the so-called World Summit on the Information Society.

Although Pakistan and other countries sought a takeover of that system by an international body such as the United Nations, negotiators ultimately agreed, as time ran out, to a create an open-ended international forum for raising important Internet issues. The forum, however, would have no binding authority.

Getting the world's creeps and dictatorships off the Internet is a good thing, since it enables us to build better defenses against their cyberattacks. To make them secede I suggest ICAAN unilaterally changes their country suffices as follows:

Germany and France get to share .wsl
Iran, Pakistan and China get to share .rat
Russia gets .crk

All other suggestions welcome.