Published October 18, 2016
There’s been a lot of concern recently about the “takeover of the Internet.” Yesterday (10/17), news reports broke that the lawsuit of four states suing the US for the Internet turnover has been dropped.
Here’s why not to worry about it. There’s something else to worry about instead.
The organization being handed to an “international body” is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.
ICANN runs the DNS system that allows you to type in something like mysite.com, rather than something like 237.57.364.1. The root servers that people talk about keep track of all those numbers and names.
So, could the international group play ugly games with ICANN? It’s possible, of course, but unlikely. ICANN really isn’t very important anymore, save for political bragging rights. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Anything they mess with is likely to affect the mega-corps that control most of the Internet. And without those groups to bribe them, all the little perks the international guys love will stop. (Just being honest here.)
- The US contingent still holds immense power. Nearly all Internet traffic runs through the US. So, if the FedGuv wants something shut, or not shut, ICANN can comply, or have Internet service to whatever country seriously restricted. One phone call to AT&T and the routing tables will be changed and/or plugs pulled. Can you remember any of the telephone companies saying no the Feds? Ever?
- The Internet has already been captured. Yes, it has been captured… quietly, behind the scenes. The NSA is the largest hacker collective on the planet, and all the hardware manufacturers bow the knee to them… and build insecurities into their products for them. They can take over more or less what they want, when they want.
- Most of the “app” traffic bypasses ICANN’s DNS system.
- Serious traffic already goes to the darknet, bypassing DNS.
- Google (more on them below) already handles a huge portion of the world’s DNS traffic. And they’ve been in bed with the FedGuv for a long time.
- Finally, this argument presumes that the US government is somehow better. It makes us feel good to think so, of course, but how much of that is still true? Think about it: The FBI just prostrated itself to the Clinton Gang and kissed Hillary’s ring. What are we clinging to?
So, the handover of ICANN is relatively meaningless.
The New Evil Empire
We used to call the USSR an evil empire, and we were right to do so. Now, however, there’s a new one, and its flagship is named Google.
First of all, Google is hyper-political. Their bosses have visited the Obama White House literally hundreds of times. Eric Schmidt (the big boss) is very close to the Hillary campaign, and Google has had all the Podesta emails since they were written.
Podesta, if you’ve noticed, used a gmail address, meaning that Google sucked his messages up as they were being written – all of them. They also had a ton of Hillary’s “lost” emails. Google literally owned every email from these addresses and dozens of others involved:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and perhaps more importantly, firstname.lastname@example.org, with dozens or hundreds of people involved.
Please understand that Google processed those messages for profitable information immediately. If you have any doubt on this point, consider this: How long does it take them to show you ads for ski resorts, after you search for ski boots?
Please don’t allow yourself to think that they don’t look at political things. The political things are far more valuable that your skiing habits, and the only way Google has to make money is to steal information. They don’t charge for your searches, do they? And yet they bring in billions of dollars per month.
What might you do with thousands of emails to and from insiders and acres of computers to sort them all? Well, that’s what Google is doing.
Moreover, they’re in bed with the State Department. If you’d like the details, see this book by Julian Assange, regarding his meetings with Eric Schmidt. (There was a good article summarizing it in Time magazine, but it seems to have vanished.)
One last example: On October 13th, His Excellency Barak Obama said this:
“We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to… There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.”
Then, lo and behold, the next day, Google lets us know that they will add a “fact check” feature… and that it will “shine a light on its efforts to divide fact from fiction.” (If you’re not feeling twitchy over that, please read it again.)
Are There Solutions?
Sure there are: Don’tuse Google. Don’t use Facebook. Ditch the smart phone and go back to your flip phone. Use serious Internet privacy systems.
If that’s too much to do, they own you. (Sorry, but that’s the truth.)
As for Internet privacy systems, you have two options:
- Start using the darknet. That is, learn how to use I2P, or at least Tor. (Tor’s easier, but the Feds are all over it and it is SLOW.) Here’s aBeginner’s Guide to Exploring the Darknet.
- Use a professional VPN like Cryptohippie. Yes, there are cheap VPNs, and even VPNs that pretend to be free, but by now we should know that “free” always hides a sucker’s deal.
Paul is a friend, and accomplished author, as well as the developer/owner of Cryptohippie VPN whereby you can communicate worldwide, encrypted and privately. Check out the free links he provided if you need a clue! I might add that you don’t need to be doing something clandestine or illegal to NOT WANT a bunch of unknown weasels snooping around your personal business!
If Paul says the ICANN handover is NBD, then it is No Big Deal! Doesn’t mean it passes the sniff test of the Bovine Fecal Matter Odorometer, or the Giveafuckometer, but, I’m just saying . . .
Worry about something worth worrying about, like Google!