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If you want to make money on the internet without paying America, your best bet is to refuse to speak English, according to the General Secretary of the International Telecommunication Union. We sat down with Dr Hamadoun Touré in London, following publication of the ITU's report on the importance of broadband. Dr Hamadoun Touré …

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Big Brother

Who needs to wait a decade

We have the answers to his questions already

what constitutes a crime? - whatever Uncle Sam says

and what should happen to anyone committing one? - see above

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did you read the article?

the dumb pipes seem to be pumping quite satisfactorily...

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You forgot:

"what constitutes a crime? - whatever Uncle Sam says" *

"and what should happen to anyone committing one? - see above" **

* Depends who does it. (e.g. AT&T spying on their customers)

** Depends who does it. (e.g. AT&T spying on their customers)

Apart from that, spot-on!

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In that case...

"If you want to make money on the internet without paying America, your best bet is to refuse to speak English"

I assume the French are raking it in then?

I expect no down votes, doing so would be an admission you speak English, and you don't want to give the game away do you ;-)

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Anonymous Coward

english?

"If you want to make money on the internet without paying America, your best bet is to refuse to speak English"

That'll be Americans raking it in then - they claim to speak English, but we all know that it's nothing like proper English (e.g.: "pants" comes from the French "pantaloon" and not the English "trousers")

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Joke

Je ne comprends pas

Veja título. Danke sehr.

Firmado: un millonario.

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Really

So in the UK they don't use the word coup or the phrase deja vu? Or would you like me to give you a long list of French word used in English ? Would you like for us Americans. not to use German words too .

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Unhappy

Do n't speak English?

Does not seem to have held back the Americans.

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You miss the point

For many people whose main experience of culture and the world the internet is their main source, it is increasingly clear that they see through USA lenses. Fortunately, even now, such people are a small minority. In this respect, the idea is quite right.

The role of language in the take-over or conquest of other cultures and nations is well known and happening all the time, whether politically inspired, as desribed so well by George Orwell, or for some sort of "political correctness". Language is a tool of expression and thought:

Normal usage of "British English" is a different set compare to USA English, Indian English or NZ English, just as Swiss German v. High German v. Austrian German, or French v. Quebec French, or the Spanish in Spain from the variants in S. America. If you ever actually worked and played closely and for more than a few minutes with genuine (usually very pleasant) N. Americans, you would soon be struck by how different their semantics, humour, underlying cultural assumptions and references, vocabulary and grammar are and be surprised how often they and you need a translation. Just try a few words like "fortnight", "shall", or some common phrases that can have completely opposite meanings.. Only recently an intelligent, professional N. American asked me if "fortnight" meant "two days" (he was in Europe, so he has travelled, just not to UK or Australasia).

To each country, its usage is a source of pride and cultural identity. Just because just about all languages include words from others does not make all languages the same. How about all PCs being the same, OS, apps., games? Treasure the difference and support your own culture in a positive sense.

Or do you want us all to live in the same houses, eat the same food, think the same thoughts, whatever our coutnry and culture? Would save money on all those Welsh, Celtic, Urdu .... programmes, films, books, social security leaflets .... Must be good.

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Heap Good Medicine. Kemo Sabe

"The ITU has always been about realising the value of the global telecommunications networks, but talking to its General Secretary, it becomes clear that the values it hopes to realise out of the internet go well beyond any financial return.

Money might be the driving motivation, and certainly what gets emphasised when selling connectivity to the developing world, but there's more than a trace of technical utopian about Dr Hamadoun Toure, who sees social and political change as an inevitable result of unrestricted access to information: and that might not be such a bad thing. "

Bravo Sir, .... Anything less than perfection is a base for its search and temporal delusional emplacement? Now that is a Powerful Tool that can do Everything Better than just Good ..... in any changed socio-political para-military environment with strict disciplines, for it is a designedly hard act to follow and better with improvements and additions, all of which are welcome.

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No aspirations? Really?

"But while the ITU considers access to the internet to be a human right, it has no aspirations to governance of the internet itself."

Really? He hasn't been attending many ITU-T meetings then; and he needs to pass the message to some of his own staff, including very senior ones.

I look forward to hearing that the ITU will be dropping its participation in the Internet Governance Forum.

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Meh

yes , if you want to ignore 95% of the internet

i assume the interview was conducted in English?

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Coat

Google Translate?

Eh bien, parle anglais est clairement la meilleure option pour les communications mondiales. Considérez française - tout à fait exact, mais pas très bon pour faire des blagues po Par exemple,

"Pourquoi le poulet at traverser la route rapidement?

Pour éviter de devenir Coq au Vin ".

Aha, aha, aha. C'est la cause de mes côtés pour séparer en anglais, en français, mais l'Tumbleweed souffle passé.

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Headmaster

I hate to be pedantic...

... ah, who am I kidding, who doesn't love to be pedantic?

It's "International Telecommunication Union".

I know it's hard to believe. I once saw Magnus Magnusson himself taking a precious two seconds to correct a contestant who had got it right. But there's no 's' in the name of that organisation.

Now at least El Reg can start getting it right.

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