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Klandagi

The Internet...

Was created by the US Military.

It is essentially owned by the US government that lets us play around on it.

Deal with it.  The US military may decide not to share it any more.
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Added: 6 years, 8 months ago
 
yadre
6 years, 6 months ago
Your view of internet ownership is actually essentially inaccurate. Although if you live in the United States, it would be possible for your government to take draconian measures to limit your internet access (like other countries have done), the internet has no central governing body and if you live outside of the United States, your internet experience actually has absolutely nothing to do with the United States government.
Klandagi
6 years, 6 months ago
Who invented the Internet?
JakeSilverwing
6 years, 5 months ago
Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist from the UK was named for inventing the world wide web, but it was a combination of ideas that merged into what we have now. I'm actually learning more about it as I look this stuff up :)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet
http://www.tech-faq.com/who-invented-the-internet.html
Klandagi
6 years, 5 months ago
We are not talking about the World Wide Web.

We are talking about the Internet.  The technology was developed by the US Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency.
yadre
6 years, 5 months ago
That's an oversimplification. The internet in its present form has little in common with what you're talking about, and at this point there's no real simple answer to "who invented the internet?" And even if there were, it wouldn't have any real bearing on the ownership question, which was my actual point of contention. If the United States decided to completely cut itself off from the internet, it could do so, but guess what? The internet would still exist. Short of bombing every other country connected to the internet, there is nothing the United States could do to "take away" the internet from other countries.
Klandagi
6 years, 5 months ago
The Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency.  They allow us to use it, but they can easily take it away.

There is a good possibility that GPS system, which was also invented by DARPA, may be taken away from civilian use.
Arcturus
5 years, 10 months ago
How exactly would they take it away? Rip up hundreds of thousands of miles of copper and fiber cable? Napalm every data center across the globe?
Klandagi
5 years, 10 months ago
The DoD does own the technology, but not the infrastructure.
Arcturus
5 years, 10 months ago
Actually, not anymore, any patents would've expired by now. But that's besides the point.

They can say they own it, but that doesn't magically stop others from using the technology. All the hardware is all over the world. They can't just send troops into every building and turn things off.
Klandagi
5 years, 10 months ago
There are these things called 'facts'.

For instance, there is a reason why we have IPv4 and IPv6 which keeps control in the government's hands, instead of the other versions of IP which put the addressing scheme in the public domain.
Caseydragon
5 years, 10 months ago
RCRuskin I what drugs and or medicines are you taking; because I want to get as high as you are
Klandagi
5 years, 10 months ago
What color is the sky in your world?
Caseydragon
5 years, 10 months ago
Um depends on the time of day to be honest; but normally light blue or nearly black. Also during sunrise and sunset we get yellow orange and red maybe even purple tinge once in a while.
ezalias
5 years, 10 months ago
The US military also invented the atom bomb. That doesn't mean they magically retain control of all atom bombs everywhere. The internet is a physical network and a protocol which are almost entirely independent of today's military. The whole point of its invention was to prevent a single point of failure. The whole US could go offline and the internet would remain unharmed in the rest of the world.

Of course, that's as hypothetical as the US military bombing American cities, since the US military doesn't own ANY of the modern internet backbone, and it would be a massive violation of the constitution to even consider restricting it.
Klandagi
5 years, 10 months ago
Where do you get your mistaken ideas?
Manafox
5 years, 10 months ago
...What did I just read?

Yes, the prelude to the modern Internet was established by the US military to retain communications in case of other communications failing (like a nuclear bombardment). The only control the US military (and the government, for that matter) has over the Internet is limited to their own server clusters. The only shutdown the US military would be capable of is their own networks, or, in the event of a military coup, the Internet accessibility of the US alone (which would take decades, with all the wire around).

The Internet can't "be taken away" unless you'd tear up all the wiring globally and shoot down all the satellites. That would require a global invasion forcing the US military to go up alone against the rest of the world single-handedly, which would result in the rather immediate destruction of the USA through nuclear or conventional means. Naturally, the US military doesn't want that.

Please, get your facts checked before you spout such silly nonsense.
Klandagi
5 years, 10 months ago
Please get your facts checked.
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