When The Creators Of Both The Internet And The Web Come Out Against The ITU, Shouldn't You Too?

from the just-saying... dept

We've been talking a lot about the ITU and its WCIT (World Conference on International Telecommunications) lately, given the importance of various proposals on the future of the internet. While Vint Cerf, often considered the "father of the internet" for his early (and continued!) contributions to the core of the internet, has been quite outspoken for many months about the threats of the ITU towards the internet, now we can add the creator of the World Wide Web to the list as well. Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out against the ITU efforts at WCIT.
Sir Tim is director of a standards body himself - the World Wide Web Consortium. He said that governments can already influence changes but should resist further interference.

"I think it's important that these existing structures continue to be used without any attempt to bypass them," he said.

"These organisations have been around for a number of years and I think it would be a disruptive threat to the stability of the system for people to try to set up alternative organisations to do the standards." Accelerating access

[...] "A lot of concerns I've heard from people have been that, in fact, countries that want to be able to block the internet and give people within their country a 'secure' view of what's out there would use a treaty at the ITU as a mechanism to do that, and force other countries to fall into line with the blockages that they wanted to put in place."
When the fathers of both the internet itself and the World Wide Web are both speaking out against the ITU's efforts to have further control over the future of the internet, isn't it time to step back and ask what benefit the ITU would really provide. To date, none has been shown. Instead, we get vague talk about increasing "fairness" by diverting money from innovators to telcos who haven't innovated with the promise that this will lead to greater investment. Yet, the evidence suggests that this doesn't work, and historically, such transfers and subsidies tend to be pocketed by execs (or governments) rather than invested in infrastructure.

So, here we have two of the most visionary innovators out there -- who created the key platforms we rely on -- highlighting how the ITU process is the exact wrong way to go about things. Combine that with the key argument being made by the ITU being unsupportable based on history. And shouldn't we all be wondering why this big charade is happening in the first place?


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    out_of_the_blue, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:01am

    Starting off the with the old "appeal to authority".

    "When The Creators Of Both The Internet And The Web Come Out Against The ITU, Shouldn't You Too?"

    Now, I'm against the ITU, but let's look at the implicit basis for your lead question: "two of the most visionary innovators out there" -- Get a grip on your adulation, frat boy. They came WAY late to the computer party, after basic networking hardware and software of OSs and such were done; even Bill Gates at most only compiled a specific version of BASIC from university sources, then was able to buy Seattle DOS and re-name it MS-DOS -- SO, these two have no very great claim to authority, either.

    "And shouldn't we all be wondering why this big charade is happening in the first place?"

    It's only you who wonder, Mike: I'm sure it's a power grab. Been trying to tell ya, The Rich are taking over everything.

    [Charity comment: for Mike after 90 minutes of none, plus for his fanboy-trolls to ad hom it up.]






    Don't let internet pioneer Mike "Streisand Effect" Masnick be forgotten on his own blog!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect
    Think how we'd all be better off if he'd never made his one quip!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:07am

      first

      to report this whack-job

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:12am

      Re: Starting off the with the old "appeal to authority".

      Yes, work is often derivative of another person's work. I'm glad to see you admit that.

       

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      silverscarcat (profile), Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:15am

      Will you EVER...

      Just shut up and go away?

      Seriously, you're like a broken record.

      But at least those I can throw away.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:28am

      Re: Starting off the with the old "appeal to authority".

      Well OOTB, think about it like this, without either of them you would not be able to post your drivel.

       

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      G Thompson (profile), Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:32am

      Re: Starting off the with the old "appeal to authority".

      IGNORANUS - adj: A person who is not only ignorant, but is also an asshole
      eg: out_of_the_blue is absolutely and unashamedly an Ignoranus

      ---
      yep that's going to be my only Tagline and comment to anything ootb says any more. Anything else is just pandering to his ego by making people argue with him.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:39am

      lol U WOT ?

      I was gonna post.....

      inb4 "but Al Gore invented the Internet"


      Never thought, I would have had to post......

      inb4 Tim Berners Lee didn't make the first ever Web browser

      inb4 Tim Berners Lee didn't make the first ever Web server(CERN httpd)

      inb4 Tim Berners Lee didn't EVEN MAKE THE NAME ""World-Wide Web""






      I honestly did not comprehend your level of retard out there.

      inb4 I am a Mike whiteknighting fanboy
      You just went full retard over facts you don't like.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 7:20am

        Re: lol U WOT ?

        Some of the important people associated with crucial inventions regarding the internet:

        Paul Baran (1960-1964) (Packet switching technology)
        Leonard Kleinrock (1961-1979) (Packet network theory, TCP/IP, hierarchical routing)
        Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn (1969-1976) (TCP/IP)
        Paul Mochapetris (1983) (DNS)
        Tim Berners-Lee (1989-1992) (World Wide Web, HTTP, HTML)
        Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina (1992-1995)(Web browsers Mosaic and Netscape Navigator)
        Lou Montulli (1994-1995) (Netscape Navigator, HTTP cookies, HTTP proxy)
        Allison Mankin and Scott Bradner (1993-1996) (IPv6)

        Of course there are more important inventions and I have left out hardware, but it is pretty much where things are at.

        If someone asks "who invented the internet?", the answer should therefore be "uhhhh, lots'a people!" or "Duuhhh?"

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Dec 11th, 2012 @ 4:30am

          lol U WOT ? (me again)

          Some players in the team score winning goals.
          You can't just disregard that.
          I never disregarded anyone's contribution. You did.




          ""If someone asks "who invented the internet?", the answer should therefore be "uhhhh, lots'a people!" or "Duuhhh?"""

          Agree, but if someone asks "who invented the www, the web browser, the web server and the type of hyperlinking the internet relies on ?"
          Answer = Tim Berners Lee
          Of course that doesn't disregard all the invented technologies he relied on.
          If anything when you look into it further you learn that without "that pass from the corner, he never would have scored the winning goal".

          He did score a winning goal tho.
          He could easily have missed it.
          No one else may have ever been in the position to score.
          You can't disregard that*.

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 11th, 2012 @ 1:30pm

      Re: Starting off the with the old "appeal to authority".

      Oh dear. What a waste of space this blue guy is.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:23am

    no one should be in control of the Internet. we can thank the US government for instigating all this crap. had they not tried to do exactly what the ITU are doing, tried to introduce ridiculous, freedom and privacy-removing laws, all done underhanded and lacking transparency, with no inclusion of the public, threaten other countries to fall into line and continue to do it even now under TPP, maybe, just maybe we wouldn't be in this position where every self-serving, self-interested body on the Planet wants to be in control of what should be free for everyone and forever, not to make anything work better or be more accessible, but just to make more money! when you have industries like the US entertainment industries telling the whole world what they can do and cant do, what they can have and cant have, what they can download or view and what they cant download or view, we are in serious shit! they are even telling us that no one can have the privacy of anonymity on the net, again over money! what an absolute fucking shambles we have allowed them to put in place, all over music or movie files!!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:29am

      Re:

      Good point, is not like others didn't warn the US government this wasn't going to happen, people did and now we see the fruits of that hard work they did.

       

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      The Real Michael, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:51am

      Re:

      These people at the ITU, as well as the content industries, do not care how many others' lives they have to step on in order to get their way. They want an internet filtered from the top to the bottom, similar to state & corporate-run TV outlets. Using this method, they are in a comfortable position to control the ebb and flow of information, keep tabs on the public, filter out unwanted criticism and dissent, cripple independent culture, and give certain favored businesses tremendous advantages in the marketplace.

      The only way for the people at the top to acquire more power and influence is for the public to sacrifice some of its own ...by force.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 6:10am

      Re:

      Politicians are beginning to fear the Internet as it allows people to self organize without their services, such as mapping and translation efforts following disasters such as earthquakes, or hurricanes like sandy. People are beginning to realize that the libertarians have it right, voluntary co-operation can solve problems faster that the politicians who claim that their role is to organize and regulate people.
      s their is no real organization to attack, the only other option is to control the communications to prevent this self organization.

       

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      shawnubis, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 9:19am

      exactly

      I agree. I think if our mighty government had had the insight to create their own, proprietary, self monitored, defense grade internet, that did NOT rely on the public sector in the first place, this would be a no-issue. The govt has not right to "own" the internet for the sake of our (the people's) best interest. Any time the govt has to provide the people with security, we lose liberties.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:25am

    I don't think governments understand how DNS came about, it was not imposed it was the one protocol that everybody agreed to use and trust, others tried and failed, any attempt to control the DNS system could undermines the trust people have on and make everybody migrate to another one, is not like is difficult, you just need to configure you computer to access a new layer and that can be done as easily as downloading the right software.

    e.g.: GNUNet it has its own routing system including its own type of DNS.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 5:59am

      Re:

      I heard one of the proposals is to get control of ANY international naming or addressing resource. So even if you use something other than DNS, they get to control it.

      TL;DR: obvious loophole is obvious and already closed.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 6:02am

    I love how OOTB is worried about the rich screwing everybody over but supports a law that the rich use as a tool to get the power to screw everyone else over(copyright and patents)

    Now, I myself don't believe the rich are all up to some evil plot, but the ones who will are able to get that wealth via monopoly.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 12:06pm

      Re:

      We've said it before; we'll say it again. For someone who claims to loathe corporations he has no issues with stroking the RIAA and MPAA's ego. Or phallus, for that matter.

       

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    Beech, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 6:31am

    As a grammar nazi, I love ootb's use of colons. Makes me miss his use of slashes all over his posts

     

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    fraunthall (profile), Dec 10th, 2012 @ 7:35am

    UN Regulation Of Internet

    How could any self-respecting democrat support the gang of dictators and murderers that make up the majority of the UN today? Of course they want to strangle the Internet because it threatens their fascistic control over their subjugated populations.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 8:14am

    Withdrawn?

    It seems the worst proposal has been withdrawn: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/12/10/1249209/russia-and-china-withdraw-bid-for-internet-control

    I wonder if this was not the result of some sort of under-the-table negotiation, in which the proposal was withdrawn in exchange for some sort of favor.

     

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    Devils_Advocate (profile), Dec 10th, 2012 @ 8:27am

    Ignoranus

    @G Thompson:

    Great word!!

    Just one fine detail...
    By your own definition, it's a noun (not an adjective, as indicated).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 10:08am

    Al Queda, you missed the most important target in New York.

     

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    Modplan (profile), Dec 10th, 2012 @ 10:24am

    There's an interesting counter point at Technollama that suggests much of this is overblown, and is more to do with maintaining the status quo rather than legitimate fears:

    http://www.technollama.co.uk/is-the-un-trying-to-take-over-the-internet-part-ii

    Berners -Lee seems to end up playing precisely into this with the quoted part:
    "I think it's important that these existing structures continue to be used without any attempt to bypass them," he said.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 11:50am

    Don't mess with my Internet bastards!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 10th, 2012 @ 9:36pm

    I don't know why you people keep replying to out of his mind, he clearly is starved for attention which you are providing.

     

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