Friday, September 30, 2005

The headline sets the tone and a verb betrays the reporter

Mr. Bradley S. Klapper, a reporter for the Associated Press(AP) in Geneva, filed this [Ed- these are excepts, the whole report is here ]:

U.S. insists on keeping control of Web

SEP. 29 10:35 A.M. ET - A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium's principal overseer.

"We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet," said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. "Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable."

Many countries, particularly developing ones, have become increasingly concerned about the U.S. control, which stems from the country's role in creating the Internet as a Pentagon project and funding much of its early development…

One proposal that countries have been discussing would wrest control of domain names from the U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, and place it with an intergovernmental group, possibly under the United Nations…

After reading the whole thing, with all of its assertions, one is struck by the fact that there is not a single quote from anyone on the pro-side of turning over control and management of the Internet to the United Nations, while con-side quotes from US Ambassador David Gross are in good supply.

Do you suppose reporter Klapper, or perhaps the AP, has an agenda?

UPDATE

My apologies to Mr. Klapper. It’s the AP with an agenda. In another report by Aoife White, an AP “business writer,” with a dateline of Fri, Sep 30, 2:57 PM ET comes this:
EU Wants Shared Control of Internet

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union insisted Friday that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a showdown with the United States on the future of Internet governance....
[Ed. - more than 50% of the remainder of White’s report is a word-for-word duplication of Klapper”s report]
Interestingly, one concern of the AP [Ed.- both reports make mention of it without attribution] is that the US will capriciously shut down Internet pornography.
Policy decisions could at a stroke make all Web sites ending in a specific suffix essentially unreachable. Other decisions could affect the availability of domain names in non-English characters or ones dedicated to special interests such as pornography.

1 Comments:

Blogger Jay said...

I have no problem "insisting" we keep it. We invented it, we built it - we're nice enough to let the rest of the world use it.

Screw them, maybe we should shut them all off.

10/02/2005 1:26 PM  

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