By Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu
Is the web erasing nationwide borders? Who's fairly in command of what's taking place at the Net--Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United countries, or strong international locations?
during this provocative new e-book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu inform the interesting tale of the Internet's problem to governmental rule within the Nineteen Nineties, and the consequent battles with governments around the globe. It's a booklet concerning the destiny of 1 idea--that the net may well free up us perpetually from govt, borders, or even our actual selves. We study of Google's struggles with the French govt and Yahoo's capitulation to the chinese language regime; of ways the ecu Union units privateness criteria on the internet for the total international; and of eBay's struggles with fraud and the way it slowly discovered to belief the FBI. In a decade of occasions, the unique imaginative and prescient was once uprooted, as governments time and time back asserted their energy to direct the way forward for the net. The future of the net over the subsequent many years, argue Goldsmith and Wu, will mirror the pursuits of strong countries and the conflicts inside and among them.
good written and choked with attention-grabbing examples, it is a paintings that's certain to stir heated debate within the our on-line world group.
"A well timed examine the ways in which governments make themselves felt in our on-line world. Goldsmith and Wu conceal quite a number controversies, from domain-name disputes to on-line poker and porn to political censorship. Their judgments are really worth attending."
--David Robinson, Wall highway Journal
"In the Nineteen Nineties the net used to be greeted because the New New factor: it is going to erase nationwide borders, provide upward push to communal societies that invented their very own principles, undermine the ability of governments. during this wonderfully argued publication, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu clarify why those early assumptions have been ordinarily mistaken. by means of turns provocative and colorful...an crucial read."
--Sebastian Mallaby, Editorial author and Columnist, The Washington submit
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Additional resources for Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World
31 In nontechnical terms, the founders embraced a design that distrusted centralized control. In effect, they built strains of American libertarianism, and even 1960s idealism, into the universal language of the Internet. More specifically, the Internet’s design was unprecedented because it was open, minimalist, and neutral. It was open, because it was willing to accept almost any kind of computer or network to join in one universal network-of-networks. S. Defense Department, and, eventually, personal computers could now all interconnect.
But the involvement of the United Nations-affiliated International Telecommunications Union, an agency with a broad governmental membership, led the group to fear that the 41 THE INTERNET REVOLUTION 42 Geneva process might lead to European or other countries using naming and numbering power to impose new and more invasive global controls on the Internet. Through 1997, as the gTLD-MoU gained support and signatures, resistance to it increased. In addition to the interagency working group, more vociferous groups that disfavored the gTLD-MoU for one reason or another turned to Congress to vent.
Magaziner had demonstrated his power to block additions to the root file controlled by Network Solutions, and had put the gTLD-MoU on hold. Postel decided it was time to show that he could sidestep Network Solutions altogether and transfer root authority wherever he wanted, whether the United States agreed or not. By changing which computer the world would recognize as the root, Postel’s plan would make it clear that the deepest aspects of naming and numbering authority resided with the founders of the Internet.
Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World by Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu