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Should UN take control of internet? NZ govt takes stand
The National Business Review (NZ) ^ | Novermber 25 2012 | Chris Keall

Posted on 11/26/2012 2:31:36 PM PST by knighthawk

New Zealand will vote against a move by the United Nations to take control of the internet.

Next month, the 193 member countries of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and its 700 academic and private industry members (many of them phone companies) will met in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications – dubbed “ the most important conference you’ve never heard of.”

The UN body is pushing for an international telecommunications treaty to be extended to cover the internet.

The internet was developed, if not by Al Gore personally, then the US government – which in turn handed control to a series of non-profits including the US-based global administrator ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and local operations like InternetNZ.

Speaking at InternetNZ's Nethui South in Dunedin on Friday, ICT Minister Amy Adams revealed NZ's position on the issue for the first time: it wants internet control to stay with non-profits. "They allow stakeholders from business, government, academia and the wider internet community to have crucial input into how the internet is managed, and we see it as flexible enough to cope with the changes in technology,” Ms Adams told the conference."

The current setup is flexible enough to cope with technology changes, Ms Adams said.

"InternetNZ warmly welcomes the ICT Minister's announcement that the NZ government will vote to keep the Internet out of the ambit of the ITU. Other governments respect and take notice of the New Zealand position on Internet issues so this is an excellent example of that leadership and insight," Internet NZ CEO Vikram Kumar told NBR.

If governments had controlled the internet for the past 20 years it would be much smaller than today, he said.

“The moment it becomes treaty-based and government-to-government, with no voice of the community and only the largest corporates getting behind [the] closed doors and making treaty decisions, we believe the openness and innovation of the internet will die.”

In the global internet community, New Zealand is seen a a pragmatic, non-ideological player that punches above its weight.

"There are many countries that would look at New Zealand’s vote and use it as a lead for their own understanding of the issues," Mr Kumar said.

"New Zealand has much to gain from the Internet. The ITU is simply the wrong body taking the wrong approach which threatens an open Internet driving global innovation and development. Acting at the behest of governments that want to control the Internet, the ITU needs to step back and retain its focus on areas where it has provided significant value in the past."

Some fear governement control of global internet adminstration, via the ITU, would mean heavy-handed regulation that would smother regulation, and greater risk of censorship.

Others see it as a move by traditional phone companies - who see companies like Google and Microsoft (owner of Skype) freeloading on their networks - to promote some kind of internet tax, or charges on specific types of data.

TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: internet; nz; un
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To: knighthawk

“Your country must send from its shores the
coalition the United Nations.”
Our Lady, September 13, 1975
“It is in the direction of the Eternal Father
that you remove from your country the
forces of satan now running rampant in the
grouping you call the United Nations.
“You must as a nation take yourself away
from this group of satan. You have opened
your doors to the enemies of God! These
enemies do not defend you, but they wait to
pounce upon you like vultures! They are
bringing you down to your knees now, My
children. Like vultures, they will await their
Our Lady, September 13, 1974

“America, you will remove yourself, as a
country, from that brood of vipers in your
city that has set itself up to govern the
world’s peoples and lead them to
Our Lady, December 7, 1971

21 posted on 11/26/2012 4:15:33 PM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd ,you get no further than the crowd!")
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To: LibLieSlayer
I like the way that you think

That might oughta worry ya some


22 posted on 11/26/2012 4:58:03 PM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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To: knighthawk
Might be time to research and resurrect the old FIDONet and use it for a conservative underground network.
23 posted on 11/26/2012 4:59:22 PM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: beelzepug
I don’t believe an American is eligible to hold that office. He’s need to come up with his Kenyan birth certificate first.

No citizen of a country which is a permanent member of the Security Council may serve as Secretary General of the UN. It in the charter.

He would have to admit to fraud if he wanted the job, I don't think the UN would care about the "misrepsentation" of fact.


24 posted on 11/26/2012 5:23:01 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: beelzepug

... and no crosses allowed.

There he is ... perfect candidate.

How long till we can ship him?

25 posted on 11/26/2012 5:47:20 PM PST by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: knighthawk

so NZ has not gone totally Socialist...

There is some Conservative media and free capitalism left in the country as yet...

26 posted on 11/26/2012 6:42:26 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: tomkat

Not hardly... there are not enough of us that “have our minds right”. ;-)


27 posted on 11/27/2012 4:11:46 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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