Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/17/2014 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

USA still remains in a unique position to control the internet.

The U.S. is about to give up its oversight of a committee that regulates the internet and domain names. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers has operated under contract from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Now, the Department of Commerce will quit its oversight and other countries -and individuals will have more power to dictate how the internet works.

With most of the world's web traffic passing through the USA, or through hardware produced in the USA, or in places and through hardware agents can access, the USA will retain control of the internet. Although, not for your benefit.

With most of the world's web traffic passing through the USA, or through hardware produced in the USA, or in places and through hardware agents can access, the USA will retain control of the internet. Although, not for your benefit.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/17/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Icann, internet, control, Obama, world, freedom, change, public, democracy


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been the regulating power behind the internet since the 1990s. ICANN assigns domains, names and regulates the basic structure of the internet. This will now change.

The Domain Name System, which essentially controls the internet, will no longer be overseen by the U.S. government. This creates opportunities for other nations, businesses, and even individuals to say how ICANN will do its future work. Already, meetings have been scheduled with ICANN and others who have an interest in how ICANN operates.

The Department of Commerce will end its oversight in 2015.

Although the U.S. has always controlled ICANN and the internet itself, that monopoly on control has been subject to more scrutiny since Edward Snowden leaked information on how the NSA is using the very infrastructure of the internet to literally spy on the world. The international backlash against the United States has the Obama administration backing away from overt American control of the internet in favor of an internet that could, in theory, be more democratically controlled.

The problem of course, is that nothing is what is seems.

To understand what's happening and why, one needs to understand how the internet works. The post office provides a good analogy.

Just like our homes, each computer has a unique address on the internet known as an Internet Protocol (IP) address. Every keystroke, every click you make on the internet, sends a packet of information, just like a letter, out from your address.

That outbound packet of information passes through a local internet provider and just like a letter, eventually ends up in a central processing facility. ICANN oversees these central facilities, and it is from there the internet is literally managed. There are less than 400 such facilities in the entire world.

From these central facilities, the letter goes to the address where it is intended. Then, the computer at the other end of your request sends a reply right back through the same system and viola! You see a funny image, you click, and the image displays on your screen in real time.

This happens for every single thing you do online. Every click, every program you open that phones home, literally everything must pass through the central processing facility. This means ICANN and those who control the physical infrastructure of these root name servers, as they are technically called, literally have the power to control the internet.

Cutting off internet to a single household is as easy as cutting off internet to an entire country. It's a mouseclick.

If someone sets up a webpage to conduct illegal transactions, a single cluck can make the website unsearchable by the rest of the world. Even a next-door neighbor wouldn't be able to find it.

This is also how the NSA is able to monitor everything in the world. By copying all of the traffic passing through the root name servers, the NSA can store, then search through the information at their leisure. This is the reason for the massive NSA facility recently opened in Utah.

More importantly, the Utah facility is thought to be sophisticated enough that agents can monitor a substantial portion of the world's traffic in real time.

Many who support the U.S. Department of Commerce's relinquishment of control over ICANN see this as a move that will diminish NSA capability and improve the freedom and openness of the internet, however the move is not as benevolent as it appears.

By relinquishing apparent control of ICANN, the Obama administration can diminish the public perception of American control over the internet. However, the physical infrastructure of the internet as well as the offices of ICANN remain in the United States.

No matter who makes decisions for ICANN, the physical infrastructure of the internet remains firmly under American control. NSA agents can still infiltrate the root name servers and install the software and hardware that allows them to spy.

This move only deflects attention from the U.S. government by creating the illusion that the U.S. is relinquishing a degree of control over the internet.

Calls have been made for ICANN to pass to UN control, and both China and Russia are leading the call for the United States to end its direct oversight of ICANN. There is also concern that these countries will use their newfound power to censor speech in their countries.

Whatever the world expects from this change, it's not likely to work in the favor of the common person. The decision makers, be they governments, businesses, or powerful individuals, do not have the interests of the common person in mind. End users are now commodities, to be bought, sold, and manipulated for power and profit. This has been the nature of the internet ever since it quit being the domain of academics.

Yet questions abide. Who will control ICANN? Who will control the physical infrastructure of the internet? Not the people, that's for sure.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Technology

Zombie Apocalypse: Safest plan is to 'head for the hills,' according to experts Watch

Image of In the event of a zombie apocalypse, cities would fall quickly. However, it would take weeks for zombies to penetrate into less densely populated areas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the event the dead return to life and begin to cannibalize the living, turning them into hordes of the shuffling undead, theoretically - there would be few options. Researchers at Cornell University offer a practical bit of advice should this happen - head ... continue reading


12 billion times size of our sun; scientists spot massive black hole Watch

Image of Researchers led by teams from China's Peking University and the University of Arizona both say the newly discovered black hole is six times larger than its biggest known contemporaries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chinese researchers have spotted a super massive black hole. Scientists say the heavenly body is 12 billion times the size of the sun. They theorize it formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. The black hole, named SDSS J010013.02 is larger than any ... continue reading


Apple's 'Project Titan' shaking up U.S. automotive market Watch

Image of Excitement over Apple's

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a market sometimes dictated by fad or fancy, Apple's announcement to hurry an electric car into production in a few short years - called "Project Titan," has inspired widespread consumer excitement. While auto companies typically take seven years to develop a ... continue reading


Bringing 'kid friendly' content to mobile users, YouTube releases new app 'YouTube Kids' Watch

Image of Intended for Smartphones and tablets, YouTube Kids will feature original content from DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends and more.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the Internet is usually seen as providing inappropriate content for the young, YouTube will be bringing "kid friendly" content via its new app, YouTube Kids. The app will be available free on Android devices - only on February 23. There is no word yet on iOS ... continue reading


Going for it: Apple vows to have electric car out by 2020 Watch

Image of Apple's proposed electric car, the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and cost less than $40,000 is a goal shared by at least three major companies. Both Tesla Motors and General Motors vow to have such a car available by the year 2017. Apple has now since ... continue reading


Keep your eyes open; Sony 'smart specs' get going as Google rethinks Glass Watch

Image of Sony's specs lack a certain

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Sony is forging ahead with its own version of Google Glass - spectacles that are tuned into the Internet, in spite of Google Glass being sent back for revamping. Computer giant Apple remains firm that the wrist is the right place for a wearable computer. Sony ... continue reading


New tool on Facebook will maintain your page - AFTER YOU DIE! Watch

Image of The Legacy Contact will be able to close down your profile, keep it frozen as a memorial, or leave it as it is.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

How we will be remembered in cyberspace after we pass on is usually down low - way, way down on our list of priorities. Stepping up to the plate, Facebook - the preeminent social networking Web site, has created an app that will inform your friends that you are ... continue reading


CYBER WARFARE: Utah suffering 300 million attacks daily, possibly due to National Security Agency Watch

Image of Any time Utah finds itself in controversy, cyber attacks seem to increase.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the State of Utah is home to the new, secretive National Security Agency computer center, one that whistle-blower Edward Snowden informed to the world, hackers now think they can somehow get to it through state computer systems. This has led to the State of ... continue reading


Computer giant Apple wants to revolutionize TV - but world hesitates Watch

Image of Apple CEO Tim Cook said TV was

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Computer revolutionaries Apple want to extend their hands in to the cable TV business - but many players remains hesitant. A set-top box on screens seems to have been met with a cool reception with many cable TV companies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Why is Apple staying mum on mysterious van with strange apparatus? Watch

Image of Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County, California, in the United States. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 122,067.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mysterious vehicle spotted on the streets of Concord, California is drawing attention. It's a dark blue minivan with several cameras attached to its roof. Nobody in the Northern Californian city knows what it is doing there. The only thing anyone has been ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
4 I pleaded with Yahweh my God and made this ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
15 Costly in Yahweh's sight is the death of his ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 9:2-10
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 8:31-34
31 After saying this, what can we add? If God is for ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 1st, 2015 Image

St. David
March 1: According to tradition, St. David was the son of King Sant of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter