US heads for internet showdown

The UN World Summit on the Information Society was meant to be concentrating on getting the majority world online … however they’re likely to be looking more at who’s controlling the Internet.

“The rest of the world doesn’t want to see US hegemony here, in large part just for symbolic reasons,” says Jonathan Zittrain, Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University.

“So there’s one set of countries, anchored by Iran, Cuba and China, that would like to see some process by which governments of the world have a much larger hand in controlling the shape of the internet.”

Which raises, to me, the question of just who you’d rather have controlling the internet….

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