Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/02/15/us_congress_needs/

US Congress needs to be reminded it doesn't own the Web

Canadian professor says he named the Web, so back off

By Kieren McCarthy

Posted in Bootnotes, 15th February 2001 12:36 GMT

While ICANN is being hauled over the coals for, er, being flawed, secretive, power-crazed and corrupt, one of our readers would like to remind everyone again that neither ICANN nor the US Congress own the Web.

In fact, our esteemed reader is one Dr Raymond Rodgers, who wrote a manuscript back in 1971 predicting the Web and its effect on culture, economics, politics etc etc and then sent it to loads of research institutes. Of course, it was widely ripped off, but you can still see it here. Raymond is Canadian.

Also, correct us if we're wrong, but wasn't it British scientist Tim Berners-Lee that basically set up the World Wide Web?

And we believe there were others who you could call instrumental in forming the Internet that actually weren't American. If you read histories on the Internet on the Net though, there is a bit of 1984 going on.

Anyway, no big argument, but America, you don't own the Internet. Please remember that. Oh, and can we scrap ICANN now? ®

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