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The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom
Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/21/2012 | ROBERT M. MCDOWELL

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.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: freedom; internet; pipa; sopa; threat; un; uninternetcontrol
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So let me get this straight... We created and built the Internet, and the U.N. wants to control it? Sounds like SOPA all over again accept on a global scale. Unbelievable!
1 posted on 02/22/2012 12:16:29 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518
just wonderful. While the UN is sending out their storm troopers which they call Interpol to sovereign countries to enforce Sharia law.

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

2 posted on 02/22/2012 12:26:04 AM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: FReepers

Time to put this baby to bed tonight.

Less than $1.3 to go!!!

3 posted on 02/22/2012 12:27:15 AM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

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?

4 posted on 02/22/2012 12:30:52 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: onyx


5 posted on 02/22/2012 12:33:37 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sprite518

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.

6 posted on 02/22/2012 12:35:06 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (How ironic that Ann Coulter should write a book called Treason.)
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To: Sprite518

The U.N. is a threat to humanity in general.

7 posted on 02/22/2012 12:35:49 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

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.

8 posted on 02/22/2012 12:35:49 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Agree 100%

9 posted on 02/22/2012 12:37:40 AM PST by Sprite518
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Can’t help but think of the line

“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”

10 posted on 02/22/2012 12:39:17 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

Guess we shouldn’t have given them the internet.

Oh well. Pay your taxes - your government is broke. :)

11 posted on 02/22/2012 12:45:03 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce
That was the Obama Administration that did that too.

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.

12 posted on 02/22/2012 12:53:20 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

Right now I get my rent paid solely from work online or gained from online and submitted through online.

13 posted on 02/22/2012 1:07:05 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Cometh the hour, cometh the man. NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: Sprite518

OMG’ .. read some of the article’s comments

14 posted on 02/22/2012 1:19:07 AM PST by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Sprite518

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.

15 posted on 02/22/2012 2:11:55 AM PST by baa39
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To: Sprite518

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.

16 posted on 02/22/2012 5:46:22 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Java4Jay

I know there are some interesting replies.

17 posted on 02/22/2012 7:58:15 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: baa39
True but then again, since we can easily win the debate, we can use their own tools to defeat them.

Kind of like Sun Tzu “Art of War”.

18 posted on 02/22/2012 8:06:16 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Wurlitzer

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.

19 posted on 02/22/2012 8:10:42 AM PST by Sprite518
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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.

20 posted on 02/22/2012 8:17:27 AM PST by Whenifhow
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