Monday, March 24, 2014

Will Bill Clinton Save the Internet?

"A lot of people who have been trying to take this authority away from the United States want to do it for the sole purpose of cracking down on internet freedom and limiting it and having governments protecting their backsides instead of empowering their people," —Bill Clinton, Clinton Global Initiative 2014
In 1997, William Jefferson Clinton’s administration set in motion the events that we are witnessing today regarding ceding US authority over the Internet. (see report)

Clinton has been always a proponent of shared power. He felt that no one or two governments should be considered superpowers. He like current president Barack Hussein Obama did not believe in United States exceptionalism. Clinton felt all governments were equal and should share equality in innovations, in technology and in scientific discovery.

Mr. Clinton and his vice president Al Gore illegally set out to equalize the technological and science divide between the United States and the rest of the world by stealthily giving United States intellectual property away to other nations.

One of those “gifts” would be control of the American made innovation the Worldwide web. Of course, the realization of that transfer could not be accomplished until a president with just as much disdain for America was in office. (see article)

But, alas has Mr. Clinton changed his mind? Has Mr. Clinton’s idyllic fantasies been rudely interrupted by the felling of the two world trade center buildings, China’s growth into Super power status, Russian aggression in the Ukraine and world-wide jihad of radical Islam?

"I understand in theory why we would like to have a multi-stakeholder process. I favour that, I just know that a lot of these so-called multi-stakeholders are really governments that want to gag people and restrict access to the internet.-Bill Clinton

Whatever the reason Mr. Clinton seems to have changed his mind, but is it too late? Or will Bill Clinton save the internet? (see 5min19sec video)