As I suggested last month, the Snowden disclosures are going to drive even our European allies to doubt America’s bona fides as a steward of the internet. Thus, we should not be surprised to learn that the EU has begun a push to globalize internet governance [warning: this is behind the Wall St. J. paywall]. The summary:
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, will propose on Wednesday the adoption of “concrete and actionable steps” to globalize essential Web functions—including the assignment of so-called top-level domain names, such as “.com” or “.org”—that remain contractually linked to the U.S. government, according to a draft policy paper seen by The Wall Street Journal.
As I said earlier, I think this can only lead to bad things …. with the West fighting amongst itself, the way will be clear for less well-intentioned institutions to take advantage of the internal divisions and distractions.