What is the Internet worth to humanity?
46.3% of all humans are connected to the Internet. That’s significant when you consider that only 40% of humans have access to flushing toilets, and 16% don’t have access to electricity – 1.2 billion people. Population growth is outstripping electrification rate.
The IT ecosystem consumes 10% of the world’s electricity. An hour of video on an iPad has the same energy footprint as 2 refrigerators running for a year. There are more than 3 million data centers in the US alone.
The Internet is bigger than the United Nations. There are officially 197 countries in the world, but the Internet is available in at least 201 countries. There are 270 country codes as Top Level Domains. The United Nations has 193 member states.
It connects 3.5 billion people together:
The Internet is responsible for $3.5 trillion a year in e-commerce – growing 25% a year. This is 7.3% of global retail sales, project to grow to 12.4% by 2019. It represents 20% of the annual GDP of the US, or about a third the GDP of China.
Amazon alone made $107 billion in revenues last year.
Tech Company Market Capitalization (30 Aug 2016)
Apple: $571 billion
Alphabet (Google): $537 billion
Microsoft: $451 billion
Facebook: $365 billion
Amazon: $364 billion
Intel: $170 billion
Oracle: $170 billion
Cisco: $160 billion
IBM: $154 billion
Uber*: $63 billion
Paypal: $44 billion
Netflix: $42 billion
Yahoo: $41 billion
eBay: $36 billion
AirBnB*: $24 billion
Palantir*: $20 billion
[ * these “unicorns” are not public yet; valuation as at last finance round]
These 16 US companies are worth a total of $3.25 trillion. 51 of the Fortune 500 are tech or telecommunications companies.
The technology underpinning these companies was invented mostly by Americans in companies, labs, and projects with deep Defense ties.
The Internet was a DARPA project, funded by the Pentagon. The entire tech industry has been born from military research expenditure. Literally half our treasure goes to keeping the war machine moving – see Shadow History, Part 1.
To say that the Internet is a strategic national asset would be an understatement. So why would we give it away?
What’s going on?
The US Department of Commerce owns and controls the Keys to the Internet via the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, but no longer wants to be associated with its management. I guess in their eyes, the Internet has nothing to do with commerce, information, or telecommunications.
NTIA has contracted with ICANN, who have run IANA since 1998. They manage the names and IP addresses for all the servers on the Internet. The contract is up, and rather than the asset reverting back to the owner, the asset is being handed to the contractor.
The TPP people think They should be in charge; Silicon Valley thinks it should be their hand-picked representatives, like the way the standards bodies work.
This is the greatest heist in history, happening in plain sight while the world is distracted by dozens of other things.
President Obama is leaving his 2 consecutive Presidential terms playing 300+ rounds of golf, jetting off to Pacific Islands to hand out $30 million checks while ignoring natural disasters in Louisiana and Florida …but don’t be fooled into thinking he’s gone on vacaction completely. He’s managed to slip in one last little bit of business. He is now overseeing the final execution of a multi-generational plan to seize the Internet out of the control of the United States. It is a plan that the people who designed the Net have fought against from the very beginning. George Soros and the Ford Foundation have spent more than $200 million between 2000 and 2013 on this plan. Their vision to make the world a better place is to hand the Keys to the Internet over to an unelected, tax-exempt, globalist-oriented NGO set up by progressive Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
There are serious privacy and national security concerns, as this is one of the world’s most powerful (and thus valuable) monopolies.
Last year the Hoover Institute considered The Tricky Issue of Severing US Control Over ICANN, blaming Edward Snowden’s leaks for Obama’s decision. Apparently the answer to this “tricky” issue is not to stop intelligence agencies spying on their own people and accumulating “unbelievable” amounts of child porn; instead, it’s to pretty much ensure that these things can never be stopped. Corporations live forever, are difficult to destroy and can’t be jailed, and in the new post-TPP world they cannot be dictated to by governments.
They promise (with careful wording) to implement control of free speech and who gets to use the Internet in a way that “incorporates adequate safeguards”. Who gets to decide what’s adequate? They do. What are the criteria? They’re not sure yet. 30 years of Internet but it’s too hard to figure out the First and Fourth Amendment, so They’re still deciding.
What’s at stake?
As you might imagine, there’s a few bucks in having monopoly control over the Internet. ICANN’s CEO gets paid almost $1 million a year, and the accountants (Ernst & Young and KPMG) pull out $34 million a year between them.
- Assets: $355,256,415
- Liabilities: $162,152,075
- Income: $127,814,320
- Expenses: $124,267,391
Perhaps they are using the wrong accountants, because Deloitte’s say the Internet of Things could pick up the tab for ICANN with just 3 months of energy savings:
A pilot study implementing IoT solutions at Great Lakes Naval Station combined real-world weather data, energy consumption, comfort thresholds, and data collected from buildings into a machine-learning algorithm designed to reduce energy consumption. The study found reductions in energy usage of 20 to 30 percent, suggesting that, if implemented across the DoD, annualsavings of $500 million could be possible
The MSM headlines are all about power and control:
The best coverage is at The Register in the UK.:
DNS overlord ICANN is all set to take control of the internet’s highest level from the US government on October 1, it was confirmed this week.
California-based non-profit ICANN runs a technical body called IANA, which oversees the world’s DNS, IP address allocations, and protocol assignments. ICANN operates IANA for the US government, with oversight from the Department of Commerce. Since early 2014, Uncle Sam has accelerated efforts to remove itself from this equation, leaving ICANN all on its own to run IANA, and thus control the top level of the ‘net.
The US government basically told ICANN to shape up, and in June this year officials gave ICANN a todo list of self-improvement. On Friday last week, ICANN promised it has or will do everything required of it.
And lo, this week, the US government’s Assistant Secretary for Communications Larry Strickling has said that, bar any last-minute problems, come October 1, the keys to cyber-space will be fully in ICANN’s hands.
This is not simply about the Internet of today. The Internet of Tomorrow is vast and pervasive. Things, cars, robots, wearable devices, electrical appliances – they all need a naming and directory system to interact with each other. The media are completely missing the potential of
trillions undecillions of dollars when each IPvX address pays a connection tax fee.
The CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehade [is that pronounced Fadi Jihadi?] has warned that the Internet’s future is at risk if America holds on to this world-changing, revolutionary prize asset it created through ingenuity, military prowess, and unlimited funding. The only solution, of course, is to give it to his organization – which magically has ended up with both the power to tax all users of the Internet, and the corporate structure to avoid paying any tax itself.
This reminds me of the Brexit vote, where all manner of economic collapse and anarchy was predicted by the pundits. They were shown to be completely wrong and peddling personal agendas when Britain voted “Exit” and life continued with new stock market highs.
The handover is being supported by the Internet Engineering Task Force (another group which spun out of DARPA), the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the Internet Association, and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. The Electronic Frontier Foundation are extremely silent, perhaps something to do with the same VC being chairman of both ICANN and the EFF.
ICANN are beefing up security with Mark Jardina coming in from the Marine Corps and State Department as VP of Security Operations. They have also been working with contractor Control Risks Group.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
There is no First Amendment at ICANN. If they can control IP addresses they can control what is and isn’t on the Internet.
Despite being a nearly 20 year old, $350 million organization, ICANN has never been known for transparency, efficiency, or decision-making effectiveness. They have been likened to FIFA, although as far as I know there have not yet been sex or corruption scandals:
the reason it has taken 10 years longer than originally anticipated for the US government to hand over control of the “IANA functions” to ICANN is because the govt agency in charge – the National Technology and Information Administration (NTIA) – has always been mildly despairing of how its experiment in representational democracy has turned out.
Far from creating an organization that was able to reflect the extraordinary collective effort that made the internet possible, ICANN has become an unwieldy monster: riven with politics, brimming with self-importance, driven almost entirely by status and insider concerns, and never looking outside its own bubble unless under threat.
ICANN is a dangerous size: large enough to envelop its adherents with reward and status, yet small enough to avoid the penetrating gaze of society. It makes decisions that impact huge numbers of people outside its walls, but spends most of its time focused entirely on itself.
And just like FIFA, ICANN gets away with this because the thing it is in charge of largely runs itself.
Their plans have been criticized for lacking accountability, being vague and overly complicated. There are very few American names on the Board of directors. They have been fiercely resistant to letting the Internet community have any representation on their Board:
The process to bring greater accountability to domain-name overseer ICANN descended into farce last week when the organization’s board tried to skewer plans to force it to answer to the internet community while simultaneously claiming it supported the idea.
In an extraordinary, almost surreal three-hour teleconference, the working group drawing up plans to make ICANN – wannabe masters of the internet – more open and responsive to the public were treated to a level of Orwellian “double speak” rarely seen outside the British civil service.
Most significant was a complete rejection of the group’s main recommendation that the internet community be formally represented as an official “member” of the organization, giving it a legal right to insist on change.
To the group’s bemusement, then frustration and then anger, representatives of the board repeatedly argued that they were in agreement with the idea before pushing for a completely different proposal.
HOW DOES THE U.N. COME IN?
Gordon Crovitz in the Wall Street Journal found a loophole which he believes could very rapidly establish the UN on top of ICANN.
It’s shocking the administration admits it has no plan for how Icann retains its antitrust exemption. The reason Icann can operate the entire World Wide Web root zone is that it has the status of a legal monopolist, stemming from its contract with the Commerce Department that makes Icann an “instrumentality” of government.…
Without the U.S. contract, Icann would seek to be overseen by another governmental group so as to keep its antitrust exemption. Authoritarian regimes have already proposed Icann become part of the U.N. to make it easier for them to censor the internet globally. So much for the Obama pledge that the U.S. would never be replaced by a “government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.”
“No plan” is itself a plan. In this case, The Plan seems to be one of the most seditious ever launched on a nation by representatives of a foreign banking cartel – worse than the Opium Wars.
The Wall Street Journal, owned by globalist Rupert Murdoch, seem to be complicit in The Plan. This “UN Takeover of the Internet” is a diversionary psyop to throw us off the scent. The real problem is much worse than replacing U.S. rule with U.N. rule. This is giving control of the Internet to a private corporation with no oversight. They don’t need, or want, the U.N.’s protection. Sure, maybe they might lose their State-controlled monopoly status, and others can create domains in competition with their system, eg. “.oculus” or “.secondlife” or “.burningman” . So what? If all the .burningmans in the world went down at once, it would be somebody else’s problem. Mess with .com, .net, .org and the rest of the TLD (Top Level Domain) system, and the Internet stops. Their monopoly is technically guaranteed, not provided by bureaucrats.
This was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt in 1988 by ICANN’s founder and CTO Jon Postel. In the middle of heated negotiations with the Clinton Administration about the future of cyberspace, he went postal and hijacked the Internet. He almost succeeded, proving his point and foreshadowing the events of today. Then he dropped dead suddenly a few months later, just as ICANN was launching.
The thing he was trying to warn us about then is exactly what is happening now – with the ironic twist that it’s the organization he founded who are the culprits.
We will look at Jon Postel and The Day The Keys To The Internet Were Stolen in the next installment.
Hey, if billionaires are spending $200 million on wrestling away control of the Internet, it must be worth nothing – right?
Go back to sleep, sheeple. The Web is worthless, let’s just give it away. America doesn’t deserve nice things it invented and paid for. Give those to the globalists.