Internet Take Over?
In December of 2003 the UN sponsored the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Internet is the greatest instrument of information distribution known to man and, was therefore central to their discussions. The summit ended with a resolve that the United Nations' Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan should set up a Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) to submit recommendations to the next WSIS meeting to be held in Tunisia in November of this year. The WGIG has published those recommendations in a 24-page report you can read in Resources below. Among its recommendations is the call for the Internet to be released by US to be governed by various bureaucracies of the UN.
The US government is not directly involved in the running of the Internet. In a 1998 agreement, administration of the Internet was given to a US-based, non-profit group known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This agreement runs out in 2006. The UN is seeking to take over the Internet at this time.
What’s At Issue…on
Syria: "There's more and more spam every day. Who are the victims? Developing and least-developed countries, too. There is no serious intention to stop this spam by those who are the transporters of the spam, because they benefit...The only solution is for us to buy equipment from the countries which send this spam in order to deal with spam. However, this, we believe, is not acceptable."
Brazil, responding to ICANN's approval of .xxx domains: "For those that are still wondering what Triple-X means, let's be specific, Mr. Chairman. They are talking about pornography. These are things that go very deep in our values in many of our countries. In my country, Brazil, we are very worried about this kind of decision-making process where they simply decide upon creating such new top-level generic domain names."
China: "We feel that the public policy issue of Internet should be solved
jointly by the sovereign states in the U.N. framework...For instance, spam,
network security and cyberspace--we should look for an appropriate specialized
agency of the United Nations as a competent body."
The UN is not looking to how the Internet can better serve the world, but how
the Internet can best serve their idea of one world government and all their
special interest groups. The WGIG has already discussed their plans for
Internet surveillance, “consumer protection” and the taxing of domain names.
“Beijing ‘operates the most extensive, technologically sophisticated, and broad-reaching system of Internet filtering in the world.’ Anyone who opens an Internet account in China must register it with the police. Chinese Internet Service Providers are required to track their customers' usage and websites visited.
“The list of forbidden words includes ‘democracy,’ ‘freedom,’ ‘human rights,’ and ‘Taiwan independence.’ AFP [the French News Agency] also noted that any China-based websites not formally registered with the government by the end of June 2005 would be shut down by the government's Internet police.”
We have to face the fact the UN is made up of many countries that are not
interested in freedom, democracy and human rights. A chief tool of their
oppression is to control the free flow of information. Countries like
Saudi Arabia see the Internet as a tool of the
US to spread a global form of electronic democracy and they deeply resent it.
Many countries and special interest groups detest our wealth and freedoms and
see the Internet as an extension of our own political agenda. If the US turns
over governance to the UN, we will see the Internet managed by a hodgepodge of
special interest that have no affinity for free markets – or free speech.
Indeed, the time could come when this very web site would be banned from the
Worldwide Web all together.
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