Old allies in world politics, representatives from the UK and US sat just feet away from each other, but all looked straight ahead as Hendon explained the EU had decided to end the US government's unilateral control of the internet and put in place a new body that would now run this revolutionary communications medium.
If the USA allows a bunch of assholes to grab control of the internet, every politician in Washington DC should be hung from a lamp post. In fact, every citizen of this country, left or right, conservative or liberal, should be screaming mad and yelling at their political leaders right now. Just in case anyone has forgotten, the rest of the world doesn't have the same rules that we do.
There's no freedom of speech in the EU. Or in Asia. How would you like China or Iran to be in control of what you can or cannot say online?
Can you say good-bye, gun blogs?
Can you say good-bye, Gay and Lesbian websites?
Can you say good-bye, religious websites?
Can you say good-bye, freedom?
This grab isn't about the number of excuses that the rest of the world has given, it is about controlling information. The free flow of information is something that the EU, Iran, China, Cuba, and the rest of the petty tyrants and dictatorships want to control. Should the world try to wrest control of the internet from the USA, where free speech is guarnateed in the Constitution, then the USA should put the world on notice that any attempt to take control of the internet will be considered an act of war. In short, the USA should fight for the internet as it would fight for Florida or California. With brute force.
The rest of the world can't be trusted with the internet's gate keys. That might sound arrogant as hell, but when I see what happens in the rest of the world, it's just the plain truth. Perhaps when China stops restricting what can or cannot be put on Chinese websites, I won't worry so much.