THORN & ROSES

THORN Why put the open Internet at risk by ceding control over ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)? [...]

May 15 2014 by ChiefExecutive.net


THORN

Why put the open Internet at risk by ceding control over ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)? The U.S. role in protecting the open Internet is similar to its role in enforcing freedom of the seas. Relinquishing U.S. control paves the way for authoritarian regimes from Russia and China to ban access to inconvenient groups, not to mention muddling cross-border commerce. Internet guru Esther Dyson, the found- ing chairman of ICANN, has objected saying, “I’d rather pay a spurious tax to people who want my money than see [ICANN] controlled by entities who want my silence.”

ROSE

More than a dozen news organizations want to see the emails of global warm-monger Michael Mann to see what the creator of the hockey stick graph has been saying in private. This is a noteworthy turn of events, reports Investor’s Business Daily, as “Mann is the Penn State climate scientist who, in the late 1990s, came up with the hockey stick-shaped graph that supposedly shows global temperatures rising sharply in recent decades. It’s been taken by many alarmists as incontrovertible, even holy, proof that humans cause global warming.

“It’s rather remarkable, then, that so many news outlets want to see Mann’s emails,” notes IBD. “But what else could they do, given that temperatures in the last 17 years have been cooler than models predicted, while the weather and the climate have remained within the historic variability. It’s only natural for some skepticism to develop.”