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    posted by michael on Friday December 10 2004, @07:14PM

    Bruce Levinson writes "Former CIA Director George Tenet recently gave a speech highlighting the need for federal action on internet management in order to protect national security. As reported by the online edition of Government Executive, Mr. Tenet explained that, "greater government regulation of the Internet and telecommunications networks is needed in order to guard against terrorist attacks."

    The retired CIA Director went on to state that the internet "represents a potential Achilles' heel for our financial stability and physical security if the networks we are creating are not protected." He also stressed that industry needs to ensure that communications technologies have built-in security protections. Mr. Tenet recognized that "these actions would be controversial in this age where we still think the Internet is a free and open society with no control or accountability. But, ultimately, the Wild West must give way to governance and control." However, Mr. Tenet apparently did not explain who would pay for the development and implementation of such security measures."




    "Mr. Tenet's speech did, indirectly, raise the key question of: Who will govern the internet? The United Nations is currently seeking to take the internet governance lead through its World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, a move that is deeply at odds with American values and security interests.

    As Reports Without Borders noted, over half the members of the WSIS' working group on internet governance are from countries such as Cuba, China and Iran "which are some of the world's most repressive countries of freedom of expression." With regard to a recent WSIS preparatory meeting in Syria, Reporters Without Borders stated, "Holding a summit in Tunisia about the free flow of online information is already absurd, but holding a preparatory meeting in a country like Syria, where an Internet user is in prison for simply e-mailing a newsletter, is chilling. Does this mean the Internet policies of these regimes are acceptable choices for the rest of the world?"

    While the UN is seizing the lead in governing the internet, the federal government is in the process of privatizing its role in the internet's technical management. The private sector clearly needs to play a vital role in securing the internet from attack just as the federal government will need to play an enduring technical role in ensuring the stability and security of the internet. However, any proposal which would place costs and other burdens on the private sector needs to be carefully evaluated. One practical way for the federal government to define its long term technical internet management responsibilities would be to develop an Internet Management Action Plan and present it for public comment."

     
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    Re:Canadian Law Requires .NAME and .NOM as TLDs
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday December 13 2004, @05:28AM (#14559)
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    What Canadian law, exactly, is it that makes any sort of mandate about TLDs (which are out of the jurisdiction of the Canadian government, anyway)? Or are you just being delusional once again? I can't tell whether anonymous messages are all from the same person or different ones, but my mental picture is of one guy in a padded cell of some lunatic asylum doing most of this posting.
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    Re:Why Do You Think They Call It Canadian Bacon ?
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday December 13 2004, @04:02PM (#14560)
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    The new ICANN 'office' of the Ombudsman won't be in Toronto, Canada, it will be in Vancouver, Canada, and they won't be building any new offices. Crikey, if you can't read or decipher an ICANN pablum press release, do you expect to be taken seriously here? BTW, Vancouver is far closer to Marina del Rey than it is to Toronto, those Rand McNally atlases knowingly show the US larger than it should be and I think that goes back to Teddy Roosevelt's time, part of that manifest destiny shtick that ICANN has picked up and run with so far.

    As for Noss (and Rader) of Tucows, they're from Toronto's environs which to the rest of us Canucks equates to a bunch of scammers who pretend (and yearn) to be part of the US, AKA wannabees. Not like the olden days when I used TuCows as one of the first software download depositories online, now they're just more money grubbers, let's call them suppositories.

    And you're right Dan, these offtopic offtarget postings are mostly the work of one person, Jim Fleming, a nutbar, fruitcake, netkook extraordinaire. There are so many contenders for that title, you'd think there's a monetary award for the winner. Jim is still in the running. -g

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