European Commission Calls for Less U.S. Influence on the Internet
February 12, 2014 11:59 AM
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"We lost I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E! I repeat, we have no I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E."
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The NSA revelations have made others fear for their privacy
The National Security Agency's (NSA) spy programs has put some strain on ties
between the U.S. and Europe
, and the European Commission is looking to ratchet back some of America’s power.
from the European Commission said that the EU demands less U.S. influence and greater transparency when it comes to the organization of the internet. For instance, ICANN -- a California-based organization that works with the U.S. government -- among orter things works to coordinate IPv4/IPv6 address spaces and helps to manage the top-level domain name space.
Specifically, the European Commission called for:
Establishment of a clear timeline for the globalization of ICANN and the “IANA functions”; strengthening of the global Internet Governance Forum; launching an online platform for creating transparency on internet policies; a review of conflicts between national laws or jurisdictions that will suggest possible remedies; an ongoing commitment to improve the transparency, accountability and inclusiveness of the multi-stakeholder processes and those who participate in these processes; a commitment to creating a set of principles of Internet governance to safeguard the open and unfragmented nature of the Internet, and a commitment to globalize key decision-making to safeguard the stability, security and resilience of the Internet.
"Europe must contribute to a credible way forward for global internet governance," said Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice-President in charge of telecoms policy. "Europe must play a strong role in defining what the net of the future looks like."
The European Commission is due to vote today on whether more data gathered on the internet is stored on computer servers in Europe, which would give it more oversight.
Last month, Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith said that customers outside of the U.S. would likely feel more at ease with not only having their data stored in
a non-U.S. facility
, but also choosing the exact location of the data center after the NSA revelations.
The NSA has been under the microscope ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked details about the NSA's secret spy programs to the media early last year. It was later revealed that Snowden conned between 20 to 25 NSA employees to
give him their login credentials and passwords
while working at the NSA regional operations center for a month in Hawaii last spring. From there, he used
a cheap Web crawler
to find secret NSA documents, downloaded them, and leaked the information to the media.
Since then, it has been revealed that the NSA taps into tech companies' data centers to search for information specifically on foreign customers in an effort to detect terrorist activity. But the NSA was gathering certain information without any specific reason, leading non-U.S. citizens to fear for their privacy.
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RE: Free Speech
2/12/2014 5:40:35 PM
The European Commission is full of unelected former KGB controlled agitators and criminal bankers. For example, Catherine Ashton, or
Baroness Ashton of Upholland
, formerly of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (KGB front of 1970s-1980s), never elected to public office, appointed Lifetime Peer by Labour PM Tony Blair in 1999, is the
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Vice-President of the European Commission
. Can you get any more Imperial than that?
The EU has usurped the sovereign power of the member states via the Lisbon treaty (quashing any attempts by the member states to hold referendum on ratification), and is run by an unelected Troika consisting of José Manuel Barroso, Herman Von Rompuy, and Jerzy Buzek. The EU has its own flag, anthem, and military force. Their most recent notable crimes include the ousting of the Greek government appointment of Goldman Sachs man Lucas Papademos as unelected PM, and overthrow of Silvio Berlusconi, replaced by unelected academic technocrat Mario Monti.
The incredible gall of the EU's recent expansion of power and intolerable mismanagement of the combined economies will certainly lead to a backlash by the citizens of the EU member states, resulting in a rise of nationalism. Already this can be seen in the rise of Neo-Nazi parties across Europe. Combine this with the unregulated mass immigration of non-integrating, poor, uneducated migrants, and you have the makings of a 21st century powder keg. Mark my words, we will see blood spilled in Europe again. This time, the USA and Canada would be wise to stay out. The Euro-Cretins do not deserve saving at the cost of our blood and treasure.
RE: Free Speech
2/13/2014 7:41:33 AM
The moment you defended Berlusconi you lost all credibility... as for the rest you just prove your extreme right-wing believe, I for one welcome the "mass immigration of non-integrating, poor, uneducated migrants", I do not think I'm superior to them and if they get a better life by joining us in our great EU more power to them, the more of them there are the more the EU will be diverse and less full of bigot heads.
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