United Nations To Consider Global Regulation Of The Internet

bcb4c838de23d540f8a93160912a_grandeWhy does one frequently get the feeling that a free and open World Wide Web is doomed to become a figment of the past? At the UN, national governments are discussing ways to suppress “challenges such as WikiLeaks.” Via The Huffington Post:

Together with word this week that the Federal Communications Commission will be voting on net neutrality rules comes news that the United Nations is mulling new efforts that could shape Internet regulation.

“At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would attempt to create global standards for policing the internet – specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks,” wrote IT News.

The UN has announced that a “Working Group on Internet Governance,” made up solely of member states (governments), will consider changes to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a “forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy related to Internet governance issues, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.”

The government-only makeup of the working group has attracted criticism from groups including Google, the International Chamber of Commerce, and The Internet Society.

“Father of the Internet” Vint Cerf, now Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, denounced the UN’s working group in a blog post titled “Governments Shouldn’t Have a Monopoly on Internet Governance.”

“Today, I have signed that petition on Google’s behalf because we don’t believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance. The current bottoms-up, open approach works–protecting users from vested interests and enabling rapid innovation. Let’s fight to keep it that way,” Cerf wrote.

There were those at the UN who also expressed doubts that this was the best approach to taking on improvements to Internet governance.

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  • Strummingbabe

    all these faggots working at the united nations need shot in the head for working on the losing team trying to be a bunch of satan faggots ruining everything for everyone. you are all shit stains.

  • Strummingbabe

    all these faggots working at the united nations need shot in the head for working on the losing team trying to be a bunch of satan faggots ruining everything for everyone. you are all shit stains.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah–right priorities, there.

    Fuck regulating the godamned thieving financial sector. Let’s go beat up on some entrepreneurs making $5 a month from some shitty banner advertising.

    Yeah, yeah, I know . . . beating up on the little business guy is just the gravy. The real meat at this dinner is shutting off the last avenue of truly free speech.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah–right priorities, there.

    Fuck regulating the godamned thieving financial sector. Let’s go beat up on some entrepreneurs making $5 a month from some shitty banner advertising.

    Yeah, yeah, I know . . . beating up on the little business guy is just the gravy. The real meat at this dinner is shutting off the last avenue of truly free speech.

  • grooveboss

    If they do this im ending it.

  • grooveboss

    If they do this im ending it.

  • MrPink

    I hugley agree with both of you. Why the need for all the control,(We know why) but damn. I hope Assange drops the big one soon in which will push the people of this world to stand up and say Fuck You, you evil mother fuckas. We’re not playing with you anymore and then the aliens come down and suck all the poloticians up into their huge disposal unit and spits them into the endless expance of space. Just sayin

  • MrPink

    I hugley agree with both of you. Why the need for all the control,(We know why) but damn. I hope Assange drops the big one soon in which will push the people of this world to stand up and say Fuck You, you evil mother fuckas. We’re not playing with you anymore and then the aliens come down and suck all the poloticians up into their huge disposal unit and spits them into the endless expance of space. Just sayin

  • gondolfin

    UN consists of most authoritarian, sexual oppresive, bandit govenments, corrupted corporative, and dogmatic members. Why the hell not give them a good fight? Internet seems deliciously anarchistic, and should stay that way. Any tempt from UN means war against any civilisations and the comming of the REAL NWO!

    Hack those bastards, and alternativly give us a Noosphere/Hinternet I’l even pay for such a possibility. Let’s give those arses a good fight.

  • Anonymous

    UN consists of most authoritarian, sexual oppresive, bandit govenments, corrupted corporative, and dogmatic members. Why the hell not give them a good fight? Internet seems deliciously anarchistic, and should stay that way. Any tempt from UN means war against any civilisations and the comming of the REAL NWO!

    Hack those bastards, and alternativly give us a Noosphere/Hinternet I’l even pay for such a possibility. Let’s give those arses a good fight.

  • Honu

    As if this should be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The global corporatocracy and the government anablers have to be scared that an unregulated internet is a vehicle for insurrection against their little cabal. These people are vicious and will protect their own with every tool they have. Wikileaks is the first time I’ve seen in my life, the powers that be react with real fear. They know this could lead to greater exposure and put into question the system that we are forced to live in. That’s why business as usual issues like regulation of the banking industry or genocide in Africa or illegal arms dealing is not a priority for these so called authorities. Those issues don’t truly threaten them. Real exposure of how the world works behind the scenes does. That’s why as much as I can nod in agreement that releasing docs that embarass world leaders is unnecessary and also impedes future diplomacy between nations, it’s small potatoes compared to the world of BS that has been done in the name of ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’. You can’t make an omelet without cracking some eggs. We need a real reason for people to become truly active in making changes. If only we can get past our apathy but that’s a different story. For now I’m happy to see these greedy, powerhungry fucks shit their pants. I hope we can stop any regulation of the internet but me thinks it may not be possible.

    • Ironaddict06

      Correct, and the first step in the U.S. is getting the FCC involved for so called Net Neturality.

  • Honu

    As if this should be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The global corporatocracy and the government anablers have to be scared that an unregulated internet is a vehicle for insurrection against their little cabal. These people are vicious and will protect their own with every tool they have. Wikileaks is the first time I’ve seen in my life, the powers that be react with real fear. They know this could lead to greater exposure and put into question the system that we are forced to live in. That’s why business as usual issues like regulation of the banking industry or genocide in Africa or illegal arms dealing is not a priority for these so called authorities. Those issues don’t truly threaten them. Real exposure of how the world works behind the scenes does. That’s why as much as I can nod in agreement that releasing docs that embarass world leaders is unnecessary and also impedes future diplomacy between nations, it’s small potatoes compared to the world of BS that has been done in the name of ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’. You can’t make an omelet without cracking some eggs. We need a real reason for people to become truly active in making changes. If only we can get past our apathy but that’s a different story. For now I’m happy to see these greedy, powerhungry fucks shit their pants. I hope we can stop any regulation of the internet but me thinks it may not be possible.

  • Hadrian999

    the UN lacks both moral authority and enforcement muscle of it’s own
    how does it intend to regulate anything

  • Hadrian999

    the UN lacks both moral authority and enforcement muscle of it’s own
    how does it intend to regulate anything

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’d feel more confident about the UN’s inability to make a difference on this topic…if it weren’t for the fact that most of the world’s governments are already slavering and champing at the bit to restrict access to sites they don’t like…without looking like one of the few totalitarian states already doing so (ie China, Iran etc). Given that nothing would please the entrenched authorities more than an excuse to look noble while quashing any dangerous speech or communications…this might be the only thing the UN could influence and get what it wants.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’d feel more confident about the UN’s inability to make a difference on this topic…if it weren’t for the fact that most of the world’s governments are already slavering and champing at the bit to restrict access to sites they don’t like…without looking like one of the few totalitarian states already doing so (ie China, Iran etc). Given that nothing would please the entrenched authorities more than an excuse to look noble while quashing any dangerous speech or communications…this might be the only thing the UN could influence and get what it wants.

  • TheWarlock

    Every time I read a story like this I get a little bit more militant in my views regarding freedom.

  • TheWarlock

    Every time I read a story like this I get a little bit more militant in my views regarding freedom.

  • Blake Renner

    It’s right on the nose across the board. Living in the heavily Republican state of Arizona, I’ve personally met people who express all of those views, and it sickens me. They can’t even recognize their own hypocrisy, especially when it comes to religion. They obviously didn’t read the same Bible I read, because Jesus taught love and forgiveness, not hatred and intolerance.
    rejuv by caci

  • Blake Renner

    It’s right on the nose across the board. Living in the heavily Republican state of Arizona, I’ve personally met people who express all of those views, and it sickens me. They can’t even recognize their own hypocrisy, especially when it comes to religion. They obviously didn’t read the same Bible I read, because Jesus taught love and forgiveness, not hatred and intolerance.
    rejuv by caci

  • Haystack

    Let’s see what happens once Pakistan starts appealing to the UN to shut down a social network because someone drew a picture of Muhammad.

  • Haystack

    Let’s see what happens once Pakistan starts appealing to the UN to shut down a social network because someone drew a picture of Muhammad.

  • Ironaddict06

    Very good point by everyone. I’d like to add one more reason Gov’ts of the world want to regulate the WWW.
    MONEY!
    The WWW is the one place you can avoid paying sales taxes, and operate an all cash business.

  • Ironaddict06

    Very good point by everyone. I’d like to add one more reason Gov’ts of the world want to regulate the WWW.
    MONEY!
    The WWW is the one place you can avoid paying sales taxes, and operate an all cash business.

  • Ironaddict06

    Correct, and the first step in the U.S. is getting the FCC involved for so called Net Neturality.

  • exhypothesi

    Shouldt there be some equivilant digital rights in the mirroring of our natural and physical rights? i am thinking about a digital right to “free assembly”. As it stands, it could be argued that the united nations declaration of human rights could be extended into the digital domain, via the right to free speech, thought conscience and religion, free assembly, to carry on lawful business and trades/occupations. The flip side is that wherever commerce arrives, fraud and corruption are not far behind. wherever power is gathered, there also revolution is fomented. What equates to liberty can also equate to disorder. So i would tentatively suggest a freedom to “assemble” digitally, but the lawful power to cordon off those areas concerned with criminality. ?

  • exhypothesi

    Shouldt there be some equivilant digital rights in the mirroring of our natural and physical rights? i am thinking about a digital right to “free assembly”. As it stands, it could be argued that the united nations declaration of human rights could be extended into the digital domain, via the right to free speech, thought conscience and religion, free assembly, to carry on lawful business and trades/occupations. The flip side is that wherever commerce arrives, fraud and corruption are not far behind. wherever power is gathered, there also revolution is fomented. What equates to liberty can also equate to disorder. So i would tentatively suggest a freedom to “assemble” digitally, but the lawful power to cordon off those areas concerned with criminality. ?

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