Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How the U.S. Outsmarted Everyone by Giving Up the Internet

 
  
The U.S. may have kept China and Russia from gaining influence over the Internet by announcing a plan to keep less control for itself.

On Friday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, quietly announced that is was giving up remaining U.S. control of the Internet’s domain naming system to the broader international community.

Critics quickly expressed concern that the handover could make the Internet less secure. Former House Speaker New Gingrich took to Twitter to ask: “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the Internet.”

    What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet
    — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 14, 2014

But Matthew Prince, co-founder of the company Cloudflare, said that giving up control of DNS — in the way that NTIA did it — was actually a savvy move that will keep the Internet more open to citizens and less controllable by dictatorships.

“I think the general story is completely wrong,” he said.

The shrewdness of the move rests in a little-noticed section of the Friday press release, which states: “NTIA will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.”

For the rest of the story: http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2014/03/hillary-clinton-distances-herself-obamas-foreign-policy/80665/?oref=d-skybox

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