Internationalism

The Obama administration recently abandoned the “ownership” of the internet, having invented this medium. They did so in the interest of internationalism, but there are many “unintended consequences.’

The first just appeared. When the US controlled domain names all domain names were in English.

The ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has approved “non-Latin characters.” There are some 100,000 of those, and I don’t know about your keyboard, but mine is severely limited. I don’t have a Cyrillic, Japanese character or Chinese character keyboard in the house!

English was a unifying language – just as international pilots and their controllers, and international Formula 1 drivers and pits must communicate in English, worldwide.

The internet is about to fracture along national lines.

This is not a move in the right direction, but it is a forerunner of many places where US interests will be placed under international control.

 

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