Who controlls the Internet?

Robert West robert.west at just-micro.com
Sun Jul 25 22:39:59 CDT 2010

I'm moving all operations to Sealand................


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bonomi [mailto:bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com] 
Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2010 11:16 PM
To: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: Who controlls the Internet?

> From: Tarig Yassin <tariq198487 at hotmail.com>
> To: nanog <nanog at nanog.org>
> Subject: Who controlls the Internet?
> Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:24:27 +0300
> Deal all
> I want to show you some obstacles that some countries face them every day.
> For example when users from Sudan trying to access some web site they 
> will get a *Forbidden Access Error* message.
> And some messages say: you are forbidden to access this web site 
> because your IP address appears form country black listed due to USA 
> government p= > y.

> I would like to issue a question here, who controls this Internet?

"Fluffy owns USENET", as everybody knows, and her big mean brother owns the
Internet.  I could tell you his name, but then I'd have to kill you.

Whether you like it or not, the government of a country where a server is
located, and/or where the service operator is located, *CAN* dictate terms
to that server or service operator.  There are _no_ 'uniform'
international rules, or guarantees of aceess. 

Be thankful you're not in China, where attempts to access 'forbidden'
sites can bring the secret police knocking.

Or some of the Middle East Countries,  where *everything* going out-of-
country goes through government-owned/-operated censorship boxes.

The answer to your question -- "as asked" -- is "everybody, and NOBODY".
Any government entity can enact laws concerning what people _within_
_their_jurisdiction_ can do over the Internet, just as they can regulate any
other aspcet of 'life'.  OTOH, there's no international authority you have
to go to, to get a 'license' to get on the Internet and use it.
except to whatever extent it is controlled by local government, you can set
up services, buy connectivity from whomever you want, and -do- whatever you
want, regardless of whether or not such activities make you a 'good net
neighbor' or a 'bad' one.

As for your particular 'problem', some countries have intternational
reputations for being 'bad neighbors'.  Things like financing known
terrorist organizations, providing various facilities and training
capabilities, etc.   Countries that do things like this -- or more
properly _allow_ things like this to go on within their jurisdiction, run
the risk of being cast as 'beyond the pale' by  those countries that frown
on such things.  In which case, any resources that _might_ help those 'bad
guys' with ther malevolent efforts are denied to _anyone_ from that country.

If you don't like being in that classification, take it up with *your*

Good Luck.

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