Simple video explains what’s going on with the U.S. government’s role in the internet.
Vint Cerf, the “father of internet” and former Chairman of ICANN, now works for Google. Cerf has narrated a new Google video about the history of internet governance, ICANN and the role of the U.S. government. (See video embedded below.)
It’s a pretty clever way to sum up the proposed change in role of the U.S. government in a simple, sub-three-minute video.
In other words, more people are likely to watch this than are to read Larry Strickling’s detailed speech to the American Enterprise Institute this week. The video was published yesterday and already has 35,000 views.
One interesting thing about the video is that it states that the government plans to “end its contractual oversight and hand that responsibility over to ICANN.” Although that is certainly where this is headed, many groups (OK, governments) would like another group to maintain this oversight.
The video is part of Google’s “Take Action” site, which asks citizens to take action on a number of internet access and governmental issues.