Keeping the Net in American Hands
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt says control of the Internet should remain in the hands of the United States, rather than allowing theocrats or autocrats around the world to seize control.
Writing in the “International Herald Tribune” on Tuesday, Bildt says a critically important battle for control of the Inter net is being played out, as part of the run-up to the World Summit on the Information Society, scheduled to be held in Tunis next month.
Bildt, who was one of the first world leaders to use e-mail, and Internet mailing lists, says that in the wake of the American invasion of Iraq there have been concerns about heavy-handed U.S. efforts to retain control over everything.
But, he says, it would be dangerous to let such complaints take us down the path towards handing important powers to closed regimes.