With unbelievable audacity, a group of 21 individuals declared themselves “the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet” in a foolish letter to senators and representatives (1), and protested the repeal of Obamanet. The fake news media has not contested their claims (this CNBC article is an example), and even used their letter as an argument against the Obamanet repeal.
These individuals, some of whom would not recognize an IP address, are like Baron Munchausen, a fictional character. Even Al Gore was more modest than them, when he said “I took the initiative in creating the Internet” (2). Curiously, Vinton Cerf, one of the few letter signers who can really be called an internet pioneer (alongside hundreds or thousands of others), was also Al Gore’s defender. The assertion that these 21 liars operate the internet is another bizarre statement, only comparable to some proclamations of extreme climate alarmists, and is beyond any fictional boast attributed to Baron Munchausen. It goes even further than the Bill Nye the Science Guy scam.
The letter starts: “We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet, and some of the innovators and business people who, like many others, depend on it for our livelihood. We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote …”
Steve Wozniak is a co-founder of Apple, but not an internet pioneer. Mitchell Baker is a lawyer and chair of the slippery Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla’s chief technologist Brendan Eich was pushed out and started a company that has developed the Brave browser. John Borthwick, MBA, is a venture capitalist. And so on. There is more truth in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen than in the tales of Obamanet supporters.