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There’s A Huge Plan In The Works To Give The UN Control Of The Internet

Business Insider – by Rob Lever, Agence France Presse

It is expected to be the mother of all cyber diplomatic battles.

When delegates gather in Dubai in December for an obscure UN agency meeting, fighting is expected to be intense over proposals to rewrite global telecom rules to effectively give the United Nations control over the Internet.

Russia, China and other countries back a move to place the Internet under the authority of the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency that sets technical standards for global phone calls.

U.S. officials say placing the Internet under U.N. control would undermine the freewheeling nature of cyberspace, which promotes open commerce and free expression, and could give a green light for some countries to crack down on dissidents.

Observers say a number of authoritarian states will back the move, and that the major Western nations will oppose it, meaning the developing world could make a difference.

“The most likely outcome is a tie, and if that happens there won’t be any dramatic changes, although that could change if the developing countries make a big push,” said James Lewis, director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“But there is a lot of discontent with how the Internet is governed and the US will have to deal with that at some point.”

Lewis said there was still an overwhelming perception that the US owns and manages the Internet. Opponents have a “powerful argument” to create a global authority to manage the Internet, Lewis said, but “we need to find some way to accommodate national laws in a way that doesn’t sacrifice human rights.”

Terry Kramer, the special US envoy for the talks, has expressed Washington’s position opposing proposals by Russia, China and others to expand the ITU’s authority to regulate the Internet.

“The Internet has grown precisely because it has not been micro-managed or owned by any government or multinational organization,” Kramer told a recent forum.

“There is no Internet central office. Its openness and decentralization are its strengths.”

The head of the ITU, Hamadoun Toure, said his agency has “the depth of experience that comes from being the world’s longest established intergovernmental organization.”

Toure wrote in the British newspaper The Guardian that any change in regulation should “express the common will of ITU’s major stakeholders” and “find win-win solutions that will act as a positive catalyst.”

But Harold Feld of the US-based non-government group Public Knowledge said any new rules could have devastating consequences.

“These proposals, from the Russian Federation and several Arab states, would for the first time explicitly embrace the concept that governments have a right to control online communications and disrupt Internet access services,” Feld said on a blog post.

“This would reverse the trend of the last few years increasingly finding that such actions violate fundamental human rights.”

Paul Rohmeyer, who follows cybersecurity at the Stevens Institute of Technology, pointed to a “sense of anxiety” about the meeting in part because of a lack of transparency.

He said it was unclear why the ITU is being considered for a role in the Internet.

“The ITU historically has been a standards-setting body and its roots are in the telecom industry. I’m not familiar with anything they’ve done that’s had an impact on the Internet today,” Rohmeyer told AFP.

And the analyst noted that the significance of extending “governance” of the Internet to the ITU remains unclear.

Some observers point out that the ITU hired a Russian security firm to investigate the Flame virus, which sparked concerns about the dangers in cyberspace and the need for better cybersecurity cooperation.

Rohmeyer said it was unclear whether a conspiracy was at hand, but that “the suggestion that the Internet is a dangerous place could be used to justify greater controls.”

Observers are also troubled by a proposal by European telecom operators seeking to shift the cost of communication from the receiving party to the sender. This could mean huge costs for US Internet giants like Facebook and Google.

“This would create a new revenue stream for corrupt, autocratic regimes and raise the cost of accessing international websites and information on the Internet,” said Eli Dourado of George Mason University.

Milton Mueller, a professor of information studies at Syracuse University who specializes in Internet governance, said most of the concerns are being blown out of proportion.

Mueller said the ITU “already recognizes the sovereign right of nations to restrict communications into and out of the country.”

“What gets lost in the confusion over content regulation is that the real motive of most of the reactionary governments is to protect themselves from economic competition caused by telecom liberalization and deregulation, of which the Internet is only one part,” he said.
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6 Responses to There’s A Huge Plan In The Works To Give The UN Control Of The Internet

  1. NC says:

    “Russia, China and other countries back a move to place the Internet under the authority of the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency that sets technical standards for global phone calls.”

    Over my dead body!!

    “U.S. officials say placing the Internet under U.N. control would undermine the freewheeling nature of cyberspace, which promotes open commerce and free expression, and could give a green light for some countries to crack down on dissidents.

    Observers say a number of authoritarian states will back the move, and that the major Western nations will oppose it, meaning the developing world could make a difference.”

    The key here is that the people themselves living in the Western nations will vehemently oppose it, but the officials who claim to be representing those people, but are really representing their corporate masters will just go ahead and give control of the Internet over to the International Telecommunications Union of the UN anyways because that’s what they always do and that’s the bottom line. Our officials don’t give two shits about the people as long as they get a bonus.

    As far as the developing world goes, it won’t make a lick of difference.

  2. ToM says:

    They definitely need to get control of the internet, it’s killing them. It will happen one way or another, because nothing I see or hear, is going to stop them.
    While we’re fighting the UN they’ll slip in through the Pentagon and if that doesn’t work, then it must be censored, so we can stop the brutal cyber attacks on children.
    And if that doesn’t work, just good ole tyranny will do.
    We spend all this time putting out small fires while the entire world is engulfed in Zionism, globalism, greed, ponzi schemes, criminal banks, illegal wars for profit, opium fields, vaccinations, fluoride, police brutality, corporate prostitutes of commerce riots, protests, etc etc etc…
    The source of all this misery needs to be addressed…and if we don’t even talk about it, how does it get better?
    I’ve started visiting sites that are completely in the dark. Great example….
    http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2012/10/weve-mentioned-this-before-here-at-right-truth-but-the-experts-are-weighing-in-now-via-robert-spencer-at-jihad-watch-yet.html
    This poor lady who runs the blog, thinks it’s the democrats who are at fault. She is behind the Right Truth. Her comments on the blog reflect the same retarded thinking…that Obama is incompetent, that the excuse for all the corruption is based on some random events out of the control of our leaders ability to rectify the situation. That all that is happening in the ME is the fault of Arabs and their hatred toward Jews. That we need to defend and support Israel, wherever that may lead.
    IMHO… we need to expand out and start posting, not to the choir, which is what you’ll find on this site…but to other sites where they sit around and hash the same bull shit that Wolf or Cooper spewed out…
    Don’t get me wrong…I’ve been doing my homework now for the last 8 years and I’ve been burned, fooled and misdirected one time or another…but it’s getting harder and harder to fool me…having said that, this is one of the best sites, when it comes to spreading truth into the equation, but we need to spread the truth to other sites and post comments linking this site and information, if we are going to make a dent.
    Especially the quality of commenters on this site would do a world of hurt into their propaganda machine and be able to wake people up from their government induced coma.
    I’ll try and link a site that needs our attention each post I make.

    PS google Jewish Megaphone Software…looks like all Jews are at war with us….

    • Henry Shivley says:

      Excellent idea, Tom. We are united and it is definitely time to start applying ourselves. I for one will follow your lead.

    • NC says:

      The problem with commenting on other sites, especially MSM sites, is that if you even go against their propaganda, they censor you before they even put your comment on. Yahoo is living proof of it which is why I stopped posting because basically they won’t post my comments. Even a lot of the alternative sites do it too, so it is hard to get the word out through that process.

  3. Jolly Roger says:

    “we need to spread the truth to other sites and post comments linking this site and information, if we are going to make a dent”

    I think you’re absolutely right, ToM…. we all spend too much precious time preaching to the choir. I think distributing DVDs locally (or any local activism) is crucial, because these are the people who’ll be around you when things go south.

    In my 9-11 truth group a few of us used to join (infiltrate) other political groups with big membership numbers and steer the discussion to 9-11 by arguing about the facts there. It would allow us to send info and links to everyone in the group at once. Bringing the info to a few hundred politically active people at once was a big score back then. I used to call it “trolling for truth.” I even joined a group consisting of active duty troops in Iraq to spread dissent there too.

  4. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    This is the last bastion of truth available to the awakened.

    It’s what they fear most, other than heavily armed and angry patriots.

    Their sudden demise is the only thing that will stop them from controlling it.

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