Skip to comments.The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom
Posted on 02/22/2012 12:16:17 AM PST by Sprite518
The Internet has also been a net job creator. A recent McKinsey study found that for every job disrupted by Internet connectivity, 2.6 new jobs are created. It is no coincidence that these wonderful developments blossomed as the Internet migrated further away from government control.
Today, however, Russia, China and their allies within the 193 member states of the ITU want to renegotiate the 1988 treaty to expand its reach into previously unregulated areas. Reading even a partial list of proposals that could be codified into international law next December at a conference in Dubai is chilling:
Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control;
Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for "international" Internet traffic, perhaps even on a "per-click" basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries;
Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as "peering."
Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world;
Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work;
Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices.
Many countries in the developing world, including India and Brazil, are particularly intrigued by these ideas. Even though Internet-based technologies are improving billions of lives everywhere, some governments feel excluded and want more control.
And let's face it, strong-arm regimes are threatened by popular outcries for political freedom that are empowered by unfettered Internet connectivity.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
Malaysia has had a news reporter extradite on request of the Saudi government to for saying something negative about Mohammad. Nothing reported on Fox news as of Yet I haven't checked FR to see if it was reported
Sounds like the control freaks want to destroy this beautiful creation that has revolutionized the world.
The Internet has busted many politicians, governments, etc... and they want to control that. They do not want to be held accountable for anything. At the very same time they want to watch all of us. So they want to spy on us, but they do not want us to spy on them.
So who is going to police the police?
The UN: Another leftist invention that is a massive failure and a massive waste of money but we keep so leftists can make pretend it’s a success.
The U.N. is a threat to humanity in general.
Here is the bottom line to what all this boils down to.
They are saying,
“We can watch you, but oh no you can’t watch us.”
If they can’t be open and transparent, then they are hiding something that they know is immoral and probably illegal too.
Can’t help but think of the line
“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”
Guess we shouldn’t have given them the internet.
Oh well. Pay your taxes - your government is broke. :)
I remember people saying don't do it, and they said it's only fair. Fair to who? Now we see why they wanted it.
Right now I get my rent paid solely from work online or gained from online and submitted through online.
OMG’ .. read some of the article’s comments
I’m sure this idea didn’t just dawn on the UN yesterday. When I worked in Silicon Valley in the 1990’s — I invented the internet, ha ha! ;-) — occasionally discussions would come up about whether or if the government could control, monitor, tax or otherwise interfere with what we considered “freedom of speech”. We could barely imagine a worldwide control!
If we were worried about it then, you can bet the totalitarians have been getting their ducks in a row and their strategies in place. Why did they wait until now to bring it out?
For us to be dependent on the web. Now if they tax us, make rules, require our name, rank and serial number to log on, or whatever, who is going to argue? 10 or 20 years ago large groups of folks would have just said, screw you, I don’t really care that much about being online, I just won’t participate in this newfangled internet thing.
But now I do all my shopping (except food), most of my family communications, get all my news, do my banking and bills, well, what don’t we do online? We are hooked on a very good thing, and that’s why now they can force us to comply.
What’s scary is that other thing (name? an int’l treaty on the internet...done but not ratified!) that Obama DID SIGN a few months ago in the UN, is merely the tip of the iceberg. And got no news coverage. They’re miles ahead of us. Congress only backed down on SOPA because of the huge outcry. The public is fickle and will give less resistance each time.
Like 100% of everything else, too much of something becomes bad and if we let powerful government control freaks gain control of the internet everyone will lose.
Not only big governments but keep an eye on corporations like Google and their sometimes cozy relations with the ruling elite.
I try to move my traffic through smaller entities as I know for a fact no government, business, union, church ever behaves well once they become large. It is a dark side of human nature and something to be avoided at all cost. In all recorded history this is a FACT without exception.
Look what is happening to the USA as we daily move further away from the small government path the Founders laid out for us.
Who will protect us from the UN? Who do we call? Blue Helmet Busters?
Even today how do we know our search results are unfiltered? AOL sure did it for 2nd Amendment searches and thankfully lost many subscribers as they should have.
This might be a good solid plank for the GOP RINOs to put in their platform. Make a commitment to keep the UN out of the Internet. But seeing as NO politician even complies with their oath to protect and follow the US Constitution such a plank would be like balsa wood.
I know there are some interesting replies.
Kind of like Sun Tzu “Art of War”.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
That is why it’s imperative to have a man of good character. I understand no one is a Saint, but I do believe that is a critical point in the nomination of a presidential candidate. We just have to figure out what is important and what is not.
On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end.