Internet father Vint Cerf names proponents of taking control of the Network with tiny brain dinosaurs
An unprecedented discussion on how the Internet should be regulated will take place at a conference of the International Telecommunication Union in Dubai next week in Dubai, Reuters writes . Many countries want to give the UN body broad regulatory powers, while others, including the United States and the European Union, argue that this will lead to the end of the open Internet.
The essence of most of the proposals remains a mystery, but from one information leak it became known that Russia wants to give countries the right to regulate the national segment of the Internet, and a group of Arab countries advocates the universal identification of Internet users. Some developing countries and telecom providers, meanwhile, want to force content providers to pay for the transfer of Internet data.
Usually, the diplomatic “father of the Internet,” Vint Cerf, commenting on the proposed changes to Reuters, said: “These persistent attempts are simply evidence that this dinosaur breed has not yet realized its death, because their pea-sized brains have not yet received a signal through their long the neck. "
In fact, most countries seem to agree that the Internet should be regulated by a UN agency. In their opinion, this will help to cope with a surge of cybercrime. Many countries believe that current Internet regulation by the nonprofit organization ICANN and other companies essentially means controlling the network in the United States.
However, Google asked users in response to this offer last week .“Express support for a free and open Internet” on social media. If ITU transfers control of the Internet to the UN and accepts the restrictions mentioned, protests against ratification of the changes may begin in the US and Europe.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure, who also commented on Reuters, said that only soft regulation of cyber security would be approved at the conference. He explained the need for this as follows:
“If you own roads, then you don’t own cars, much less the goods they transport. But when you buy a car, you are not buying a road. You need to know the number of cars and their size and weight so that you can build bridges and set the right number of lanes. You need soft control to set up several traffic lights. ”
Since the proposals of Russia, China and other countries were more radical, soft regulation would look like a compromise for almost everyone.