Latest news out of Information Week is on who owns the Internet. If you haven't given this much thought - perhaps you should.
ICANN, the Internet naming group that controls the dot-coms and dot-nets and dot-edus, to name a few ways of identifying websites on the net, is U.S. based. It's a public org, but some folks think it's time to make it a private org.
Here's a quote from the article by Johanna Ambrosio, "The European Union has been particularly vocal in its criticism of the way ICANN runs now. In fact, lots of foreign voices have been raised in support of the privatization idea, pointing out that something as critical to worldwide commerce as the Internet shouldn't be dominated or controlled by one country. Others, though, say the U.S. government invented the Internet (back when it was Arpanet, a packet-switched network used to share research among universities), and so it's only fair that America retain control over a resource it created to begin with."
What does that mean? What if...control of the Internet was part of an international group - how would that change our lives? How would that change the medium? if you don't know...if you don't even have an opinion, I suggest you hop over to this link, and give it some attention.
While it's nice to think you own what you own, online - the truth is vastly different. At risk is control of everything you own online, and everything I own, and so on and so on. Who gets to say how the Internet works? You or me? The folks at ICANN or a national consortium of European professionals? Or, Big Brother? If I'm reading these articles correctly, the kinds of changes being considered could turn the whole Internet world upsidedown.
Bears thinking about. So far, there are only male respondents to Johanna's article. Ladies, we need to speak up. It's OUR Internet, too!