Monday, 3 December 2012

Relevant Link of today: Cold war about the internet

There is an interesting article in the online edition of the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel titled  "Kalter Krieg ums Internet" (Cold War about the Internet). What may sound like a sexy title is, in fact, a report on the current ITU summit in Dubai where ITU's claims to be responsible for internet standardisation and administration and to go for a (hostile?) take over of work from IETF, ICANN, perhaps others like W3C, IEEE etc., are discussed.

According to the author of the article, the debate is about who controls the internet - about power with a threat to the openness and the freedom of the internet.

Against the background of this discussion and the claims from ITU, a number of global standards development organisations had published some principles under the name of OpenStand as the paradigm for "mondern standards development".

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