Just wondering ... in general much of the standards, protocols & operating backbone of the www are managed out of the US ... given the prevalence & popularity of the net this raises fundamental issues of commerce, liberty & governance.
Consider the recent net neutrality issue:Originally Posted by Slashdot
the kernel of the potential for abuse is say:
That large telephony & infrastructure providers might put in place discriminatory fees. I.e. instead of charging fee based on traffic throughput that they'd factor it in who the supplier is.
This could lead to bizarre scenarios whereby Microsoft could form alliances with AT&T say & make Google traffic 2x more expensive than any other sites etc. Large ISPs might ban sites (some say yeah fine for kiddy porn but what about say censorship of other sites ?)
My point (& I have one) is that this is a hot political topic in the US at the moment (reference above debate) - however here in Ireland this is not a hot topic nor do we have any power.
The level of solution desired is similar to the fundamental regulatory basis we have that affords efficient & transparent financial markets. In regulated exchanges the various players have segregated , well understood roles. This transparency creates a roughly level playing field. Any change to our regulated markets regieme would be hotly debated in Westminister, Strasbourg & Brussels (and to a lesser extent Dublin).
Issues such as this require fundamental political resolution & thus consideration. It would be glib to blame our politicians or to say that we are powerless but do we have the competence & interest to deal with this type of matter here ?