[LINK] UN's Internet Hijack ...
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Tue Jun 19 15:42:33 EST 2012
On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 2:05 AM, Frank O'Connor <francisoconnor3 at bigpond.com
> > wrote:
>> Bottom line: There's not too many bodies out there to speak up for the
>> Net. Not any more.
"Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf would be a great spokesman for this
cause, but being hired by Google would certainly make him a target of snide
remarks about "representing the interests of established Internet
corporations, like Google"
The US "Center for Democracy and Technology" (CDT) would also be a natural
choice, but being Washington DC-based think tank immediately puts it on the
same category of lots of other phantom NGOs funded by the US govt to
advance the interests of US corporations... :-/
I say it's time for Internet figures like Vint Cerf, Ethernet inventor Rob
Metcalfe (3), WWW inventor Tim Berners-Lee, Linus Torvalds (3) and a
handful of others, to create a new NGO standing for internet freedoms, with
a democratic charter that nevertheless requires some internet background to
keep it technical. And for heaven' s sake, establish its HQ in some neutral
small country, like Costa Rica or something*... so that nobody can suspect
it responds to the interests or mandates or the US govt or its
* it could be New Zealand. (although I bet some Australians wouldn' t be
too happy due to the "sibling rivalry" seen in sports ;), but hey, it' s a
small country, nobody can object to that fact **.
** "Small country syndrome"
(3) Getting Metcalfe and Torvalds on the same NGO would be a big challenge,
as Rob once predicted Win2K would kill linux and the "open sores" movement.
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