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Free ride over? US taking control of Web

Looms on the horizon...

     

tangor

12:48 am on Feb 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The US government’s policy of leaving the Internet alone is over, according to Obama’s top official at the Department of Commerce.

Instead, an “Internet Policy 3.0” approach will see policy discussions between government agencies, foreign governments, and key Internet constituencies, according to Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling, with those discussions covering issues such as privacy, child protection, cybersecurity, copyright protection, and Internet governance.

The outcomes of such discussions will be “flexible” but may result in recommendations for legislation or regulation, Strickling said in a speech at the Media Institute in Washington this week.



As reported at The Register:
[theregister.co.uk...]

edacsac

4:24 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Not good. Not to mention that the gov has plenty of things to keep itself busy with without starting another half baked project and screwing yet another thing up.

But I know, It's really not for our good. It's just a power grab and another way to control and keep tabs on folks.

webcreationuk

3:18 pm on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Starting to look like China's policy...Not good at all.

edacsac

4:46 pm on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Secretary Larry Strickling, with those discussions covering issues such as privacy, child protection, cybersecurity, copyright protection, and Internet governance


privacy - yes, but should be initiated at the user level

child protection - role of the parent, teacher, family and community. Nothing the government can implement that will really help here.

cybersecurity - again, user level. Depends on the neighborhood you visit, just like in real life. Go ahead and protect major infrastructure, but nothing good will come out of anything else. Just like guns - it will only hamper the good folks; the criminals will still get by.

copyright protection - Yes, good place for government to get involved. Might even help the economy.

Internet governance - Huh?

StoutFiles

7:25 pm on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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For copyright protection and internet purchasing alone, the govt. has to get more involved with the internet considering how much the economy will be affected by it.

claus

1:55 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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oh noes. More hardships coming our way. Even those of us fortunate enough to be based outside of the US will most likely suffer some harm because of this. Don't you US people ever protest, I wonder?

However, the www being global there's a limit to how much the US can "take control". Fortunately.

HRoth

2:50 pm on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Our government isn't influenced by protests. Their response is to take names and license numbers. I'm serious.
 

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