Skip to comments.Web access battles brew before UN conference
Posted on 12/02/2012 4:58:02 PM PST by Ron C.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from a broad coalition of critics, including the U.S., tech giants such as Google and rights groups, concerned that changes could lead to greater efforts to censor Web content and stifle innovation in cyberspace.
Among the issues on the agenda at next month's meeting in Dubai are ideas to battle Internet spam and fraud. But also tucked into more than 1,300 proposals are potential hot-button items that opponents believe could be used by in places such as Iran and China to justify their crackdowns on bloggers and other Web restrictions.
Another likely battle when the meeting begins Dec. 3 is over European-backed suggestions to change the pay structure of the Web to force content providers such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and others to kick in an extra fee to reach users across borders.
It's unclear what proposals will emerge from the 11-day meeting of the U.N.'s 193-nation International Telecommunications Union, or ITU. The preliminary jockeying highlights the tensions of the Internet age between what to regulate and what to leave alone. The outcome could affect billions of Internet users.
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This could result in added expenses to users, and many more restrictions for users. The bottom line in the article says...
"Even the U.N.'s cultural agency, UNESCO, has raised concerns about proposals that are so broadly worded that they could be used to restrict freedom of expression under the guise of national security or fighting spam and Internet fraud."
Perfect for Obama to use to limit news coverage of his own filthy plans for this nation.
Let's see them monitor and control THAT.
Before the worldwide Marxist revolution can occur, by which the governing classes of the world’s nations forever seize power over the proletariat, it’s absolutely necessary to control the flow of information.
The UN will never cede this quest to control the free exchange of news and information, but will return to it again and again until the Internet is muzzled.
The airwaves are already totally controlled by governments. That's why wifi routers are so low powered. They're only allowed very low power by the government.
To some extent they have to be, otherwise we'd all live in a microwave oven. The 2.4 Ghz frequencies can be rather easily amplified external to a router. A wireless mesh can also be made with cheap low power computers scattered around to fill gaps.
That said, control over the a lot of the internet is desired by the telcos who want people to hook to their network infrastructure, not build their own. The telcos will work with the government to keep it that way.
Especially since the gubermint controls freqs and how powerful routers etc can be.
Or resurrect a modified form of FIDONet and dust off the old BBS software. Point-to-point dial ups with mobile phones are hard to shut down unless you crash the entire phone system. Communications aren't instantaneous, but you can get the messages moving around the world within 48 hours. Problem with being a technophile, you don't know what to do when the backbone crashes or the DNS server is shut down. Most modern technophiles couldn't tell you where 127.0.0.1 will take you, or what you'll see, or even how to enter it. You'll have to go old school, like BBS's and IRC.
Nobody seems to talk about the fact that most of the Internet is privately owned. Companies and individuals own the circuits, networks, and servers which make up the Internet.
Somehow the UN thinks it has authority to regulate private property.
(Yes, I have one and it works quite well)
“Most modern technophiles couldn’t tell you where 127.0.0.1 will take you”
It takes me to a very dark place inside myself.
However we who believe in freedom say no. Also we know the UN is a bunch of evil, socialist, monsters and dictators (same as Obama).
The UN should be defunded not given power to enslave us. liberals however love the UN and to be slaves.
Where is Dick Cheney when we need him. His eloquent response to the UN internet police wannabes might be: “Go ‘F’ themselves!” Werksferme...
Guess we shouldn’t have given this bunch the internet.
Oh well - it was made by evil rich white men. So who cares?
Now such your racist face and go pay your taxes. Your government can sure use the money. :)
HAM radio works pretty well for message traffic. Hook up a laptop to a transceiver, find a frequency and you can transfer data the same way you would with landlines.
Trouble is that you have to have a listener, but with a functional communications network, that won’t be a problem.