03 Dec '12, 9pm

Paranoia Update: U.N. to Take Over the Internet

Yeah, so there are proposals that would require the routing of traffic to specific points where governments could say, “This is how the traffic needs to route.” And it’s got two negative implications to it: One is the model you just talked about, is there are today 425 000 different independent routes of traffic that get negotiated individually based on supply and demand of data, etc. And that has driven down cost of things like transit in peering to very, very low levels. Now, that allows this kind of free model of the Internet to flourish. The other issue with this traffic management or traffic routing set of proposals from a lot of nondemocratic nations is my earlier point, is it opens the door for countries to more easily be able to see who’s doing what. And again, that’s a complete violation of all the things we believe in, in democracy, in free speech. So we think it...

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