U.S. Relinquishes Control of Internet

Comment: As one Free Republic poster astutely noted, "What we are gaining is: Chinese communist, Canadian and European socialist speech restrictions. Not to mention the speech restrictions of our Muslim brothern in the world. This is going to be TERRIBLE for freedom but right up the “Progressive’s” ally." (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2353887/posts) The belief that man is born good is one of Progressivisms' main pillars of self-delusion. The bitter truth is that every man, beginning at birth, is a Jekyll and Hyde. Mankinds' bloody, brutal history bears witness to this truth, especially the 20th century, which bore witness to the brutal extermination of up to 300,000,000 men, women, and children.

Yet Progressive Transnationalists and their sock-puppets like Obama, refuse to accept that evil cuts through their own hearts as well as the hearts of everyone else. Being the self-deluded hypocritical double-thinkers they are, they clearly see that America's conservatives and orthodox Christians are evil, but blind themselves to their own evils: their brazen lying, their support for the subversion and perversion of America's youth, their calculated fomenting of hatred between groups of Americans, their theft of our hard-earned money by way of Marxist progressive taxation, their malignant support of filth as art, and so forth.

Whenever a man refuses to accept personal accountability for his actions, he invariably transfers responsibility onto a scapegoat, which is then crucified in place of the real evil-doer. In a larger way, this is exactly what Progressive Transnationals are doing. They have transferred responsibility for their own evils onto all Americans who steadfastly defend traditional values America. This means that both America's defenders and traditional Christian-based America are the scapegoats. And as the scapegoats must be both crucified and destroyed, Transnational Progressives are empowering extremist Muslims within our nation to do just that. And as 'dirty birds of a feather flock together,' we see these dirty birds--- Transnational Progressives--chumming it up with these dirty birds--brutal Chinese communists, murderous jihadists, and others of the criminal brotherhood.

So it comes as no surprise that Transnational Progressive dirty birds have handed control of the internet to global dirty birds---for the 'good' of all concerned, of course....Linda ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

US relinquishes control of the internet• Icann ends agreement with the US government • Move will give other countries a prominent internet role

After complaints about American dominance of the internet and growing disquiet in some parts of the world, Washington has said it will relinquish some control over the way the network is run and allow foreign governments more of a say in the future of the system.

Icann – the official body that ultimately controls the development of the internet thanks to its oversight of web addresses such as .com, .net and .org – said today that it was ending its agreement with the US government.

The deal, part of a contract negotiated with the US department of commerce, effectively pushes California-based Icann towards a new status as an international body with greater representation from companies and governments around the globe.

Icann had previously been operating under the auspices of the American government, which had control of the net thanks to its initial role in developing the underlying technologies used for connecting computers together.

But the fresh focus will give other countries a more prominent role in determining what takes place online, and even the way in which it happens – opening the door for a virtual United Nations, where many officials gather to discuss potential changes to the internet.

Icann chief Rod Beckstrom, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Washington insider who took over running the organisation in July, said there had been legitimate concerns that some countries were developing alternative internets as a way of routing around American control.

"It's rumoured that there are multiple experiments going on with countries forking the internet, various countries have discussed this," he said. "This is a very significant shift because it takes the wind out of our opponents."

He added that the changes would prove powerful when combined with upcoming plans to allow web users to use addresses with names in Chinese, Arabic or other alphabets other than Latin. Many countries have lobbied for the shift in recent years, as the expansion of the web reaches out deeper into society and business.

While the issue reached critical mass in emerging economies such as China, it is not the only country that has lobbied for a change. Earlier this year European officials said that they did not think it was proper for America to retain so much control over the global computer network.

Viviane Reding, the EU's commissioner for information society and media, said she was pleased that Washington chose to make the shift.

"I welcome the US administration's decision to adapt Icann's key role in internet governance to the reality of the 21st century," she said. "If effectively and transparently implemented, this reform can find broad acceptance among civil society, businesses and governments alike."

Meanwhile Nominet - the British organisation that handles the day-to-day running of .uk domain names - said that Icann had started a trend for companies with internet influence to appear more open and accountable.

"Putting public interest first will also be a focus for the UK internet community over the coming months as there is growing support for Nominet to develop more of a public interest role," said Nominet's chief executive, Lesley Cowley.

The new agreement comes into force immediately. It replaces the old version which had been in place since 1998 and was scheduled to expire today.

Beckstrom suggested that bringing more countries to the table was the best way of ensuring the long term future of the internet.

"We're more global, period. The chances of the internet holding together just went up, the cohesion just went up," he said. "We expect more active involvement from governments, a higher level of participation from many governments and we're already hearing about more governments joining the team… This was, ironically, a power move from the US."