The Internet's Last Day

by Fred Showker
Well, it has happened. Yesterday marked the last day of the internet as we know it. The body that oversees the web has ended its agreement with the US government. With this milestone, the US lets the last bastion of sovereignty in the connected, online world slip through its fingers. Is this good or bad? We won't know for a few years. Am I paranoid? Maybe. Should you be paranoid? Probably.

Sources all over the world seem to be celebrating this event as if it were a good thing.

Rod Beckstrom of the guardian.co.uk writes:

The internet belongs to you -- We are entering a new era of coordination, not control -- where the internet is governed by you, the users. Icann was formed 11 years ago today through a combined effort of the US government and the technical community that built the network itself. And today we celebrate the remarkable success of that effort by doing a very unusual thing: ending the agreement that was responsible for our success. go find more

Susie Gharib writes for PBS.org:

The Internet is a little more global tonight. The Commerce Department agreed to relax control over the non-profit company that sets the rules for web site domain names. In theory, it means the Internet will now better reflect its global footprint. In practice, it means stay tuned for a ton of new places to surf, which may be good or bad news.go find more

Some time ago, I wrote in 60-Seconds "Who will own the Internet" ...

What is becoming painfully clear is either the world is too stupid to recognize the grave problems inherent in an unregulated internet -- or they intentionally ignore the threat in favor of their own self-serving, hidden agendas. No, we do not need a privatized internet. No, we do not need further deregulation -- and above all, the last thing we need are more layers and layers of bureaucracy. ICANN needs to shape up or ship out. Better yet, ICANN should be scrapped in favor of a governing body who actually governs -- who actually understands the difference between right and wrong. go find more

Will this milestone will turn out to be the internet's worst nightmare? Well, we certainly won't know for some time. However, if one reads the obscured writing on the wall, we're probably all in for a rough ride and most likely some rude awakenings. We've all watched as the implementation of standard IPv6 has slowed to a snail's pace. It takes time to change protocols. We've also pleaded and begged for more bandwidth and faster delivery of increasingly rich media and connectivity. It takes time to change infrastructure. Unfortunately, we've also witnessed the nocuous spread of internet crime like a cancerous stranglehold on accountability. Bureaucracy seldom acts before it's too late. Am I paranoid? You bet.

For some reason, people don't learn from serious mistakes or forboding wake-up calls. Last year's squelching of Georgia's connectivity by Russian botnets as prelude to invasion should have been a strong incentive to strengthen our digital shores; rather than softening them. Relentless, ongoing attacks on the Pentagon from Pacific rim hackers and crime rings should inspire bolstered digital national defenses. But yesterday, no one remembered these indicators. Was Churchill paranoid in early 1940? You betcha.go find more

Indicators are now giving us a clear look at how cybercrime is growing and changing their methods. Rustock, one of the oldest and largest botnets, has doubled in size since June and established a predictable spamming pattern to further its malware and trojan distribution. (The Russian botnet, Rustock, boasts 150,000 compromised computers capable of sending 30 billion infectious spams per day.)

Will we learn? Maybe. By the mid 2000-teens, you may be hearing cries for Web 3-point-oh. You may be seeing a scramble to push IPv6 toward reality. (It's probably the best, of few opportunities to reign in digital accountability!) On the other hand, perhaps ICANN's ultimate take-over of the web will turn out to be the blessing many have predicted. Maybe they'll restore accountability to the web. Maybe they'll finally put an end to rogue registrars, domain kiting and forged identities. Maybe I'm dreaming.

What ever happens it will be interesting to watch. Below, I've cited just a few of the indicators that tell us where the underground internet is going.

Thanks for reading.

Fred Showker

Next item Death, Taxes and Botnets - If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would amend his famous "... in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes" line to include botnets. Every single day, some 150 billion spam messages are distributed by botnets

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Comments

On October 5th, Anonymous said:

HI. I haven't even read through the whole article, but I think it is a good thing that the US does not own an International thing. I mean, the internet is after all, INTERNATIONAL. We are tired of the US government trying to own the world.

On October 5th, Fred Showker said:

You said: "The internet is after all, INTERNATIONAL."

There is a lot of sentiment like this around the world.

However, that is a FALSE assumption. Because the internet connects computers all around the world does NOT make it 'owned' by an international community.

You pay a provider for your cell phone service. That service is 'owned' by that provider. Because it is intended to potentially connect to other phones around the world does NOT make it an International commodity. The US government designed, developed and operated the internet long before you or anyone outside the US boundaries could access it. Because it became accessible to others around the world should NOT cause it to relinquish ownership.

The internet does not fall under the blanket statement of "the US government trying to own the world." That would be a misstatement.

On October 5th, Anonymous said:

"The US government DESIGNED, DEVELOPED, AND OPERATED the internet..."

Great, and very informational, come back Fred Showker.

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On April 27th, Jerick Holland (IT Manager) said:

Thank you for this informative articles. It is really true that the internet is becoming an important thing for many people because it is a place to make new friends, have fun, get valuble information, and even make your own website!you can use it to spread a message you think is important.

Cyberspace is an absolutely amazing place. There is something on it for everyone. You can make friends who live on the other side of the world. You can play lots of really good games. You can use it to help you learn, you can read interesting stories, you can get answers to your questions, you can even use it to help others. So, you see, the internet is remarkable but its true that you need to be carefull what site you visit.

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On May 29th, Samson Hollier said:

Very nice articles. Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers. Thanks for sharing this!

On June 17th, Dana Andrei said:

That's the point were everything changes inside the internet, now that we've reached the long waited milestone I am trying to predict what will come next and how will the internet be reconfigured by the world wide users.

On July 6th, Pauline Golez (Instructor) said:

Today, the Internet is very active in business-to-consumer, consumer-to-consumer, and government-to-consumer contexts. The use of the Internet in a business-to-business context appears to be rapidly gaining momentum.

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I haven't seen such passion in while. So this change has really affected you. Let's hope it won't affect us a all in a way we can't fix.

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On November 27th, England Flora said:

That is very hard to find anyone who really looks at the situation and sees how much trouble the web is in today. It will only get worse! Thanks for standing up

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