Control of the Internet

Who controls the internet?

The ITU/UN has been on a relentless pursuit in trying to takeover the internet globally. This article gives a good summary of the different reasons why certain Middle Eastern, Asian and Russian countries want this ITU/UN resolution passed, and why we cannot allow that here in the U.S. It is clear why certain countries would want to have even more control over the internet, or should I say a justifiable excuse to curtail free flowing information to their citizens. More money in their government pockets also might be a plus.

Last year the U.N. and the ITU sought to regulate the global internet, by passing a UN resolution, and have global communities sign off on allowing the ITU to control everything internet. Why control the surface web where everyday citizen’s use this as a means of communications, work, banking, chatting with loved ones and friends, or shopping? Or do they really want control over the data mining in the deep web, assigning of domain names, taxes that they want to impose on users? All of this would prove to be a major cash cow? Of course the control freak countries get a major side benefit, they get to wall-off their citizens. 
Ah, cash is king! Where would the value be? The surface web is a lot smaller than the dark side. How big is the invisible web? The White Paper: The Deep Web: Surfacing Hidden Value. The hidden value in data mining for companies is huge. What the data social media companies collects alone and resells to advertisers is astronomical in return dividends. Governments and the military could use this as a monitoring tool on criminal activity and for intelligence purposes. But you would need a deep web search platform. Bright Planet, deep web intelligence can give them access.
There are three different types of web mining, web usage mining, web content mining and web structure mining. The search is very expensive and most of the data is not public information, pertaining to web structure mining that is, which comes from insurance, social media, medical, credit reports and the like. So would it even be legal to grab this information? A huge concern would be if companies collecting the data for a specific purpose might use the data for a totally different purpose, and this essentially violates the user’s rights.
Web usage mining is the process of extracting useful information from server logs and users history. Web structure mining is using graph theory to analyze the node and connection structure of a web site. Web content mining is the extraction of useful data, information and knowledge from Web page contents. This last kind is where it can get sticky. The most criticized ethical issue involving web usage mining is the invasion of privacy. Privacy is considered lost when information concerning an individual is obtained, and used, especially if this occurs without their knowledge or consent. There is a growing trend of selling personal data as a commodity, this encourages website owners to trade personal data obtained from their site. 
This is Citrus, “The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, (CITRIS) was formed in 2001, when researchers within the UC system realized that the real opportunities lay not just in developing new and innovative technologies, but in applying them.” They are made up of four California Universities and have multiple major IT companies affiliated with them. It seems that universities are the ones with access to IT students, professors, grants, federal grants, corporation money who can now mine the deep web and turn a tidy profit to boot. You better believe the U.S. will fight to keep control over any future information plus the cash.
Speaking of walling off. This next article, The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution, describes a trip to North Korea and how we should consider ourselves lucky to be able to know what the internet is, let alone have ready access. This article was written in part by my favorite person Eric Schmidt of Google. (You knew I was joking about the favorite part, right?) But further into the article they talk about autocratic and dictator type governments concerning the internet, the dark net, privacy, indexing biometric signatures, how opposition groups can use the internet to overthrow a dictatorship and what the future may hold.
Eric Schimdt states,“Dictators and autocrats in the years to come will attempt to build all-encompassing surveillance states, and they will have unprecedented technologies with which to do so. But they can never succeed completely. Dissidents will build tunnels out and bridges across. Citizens will have more ways to fight back than ever before-some of them anonymous, some courageously public.”
Can any of the internet be controlled, considering how vast it really is? And should we bother, considering it can’t be controlled absolutely? I took a look at Dr. Hsinchun Chenof the University of Arizona, Dr. Chun works with at least four U.S. agencies on tracking websites and videos made to recruit. The Dark Web Project, part of the National Science Foundation uses automated tools to systematically collect and analyze terrorist content from the Internet, but that this technology can be applied to “different disciplines“. Dr. Chun’s published work with artificial intelligence, called TheDark Web, Exploring and Data Mining the Dark Side of the Web, seems the intelligence communities got the memo.
The ITU/UN has not given up the fight to gain control, another conference was recently held in Switzerland, it is nice to see the U.S. and the EU have not given up their fight as well. “The U.S. House of Representatives voted astonishingly- unanimously- to oppose the ITU. To approve a resolution charging the U.S. government to fight the United Nations and the ITU in its bid to control and change the Internet at the WCIT-12 —in an eye-opening 397-0 vote.” Wow, don’t you wish they could work together like this all the time?
The U.S.’s response to the ITU/UN ratifying a global control over the internet. This article is a very important read. All people should be informed as to what will happen to the internet in the future. Congress is working towards banning this UN global treaty here in the states. Many believe this is nothing but a bid for power by the ITU/UN to take ICANN away from any swaying influence exerted on it by the U.S. government. ICANN is the governing body that assigns domain names on the internet.

Departing Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell warned the House committee that the ITU had plans that weren’t in the best interest of the United States.“Last year’s bipartisan and unanimous congressional resolutions clearly opposing expansions of international powers over the Internet reverberated throughout the world and had a positive and constructive effect,” he said.

We can only hope this bi-partisan resolution along with citizen feedback will be enough to keep the ITU/UN out of our business, and off of our net.

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