I first heard about this yesterday on NPR (naturally).
And my first thought was:
Uh..... right. Why?
Why would the UN, of all groups--other than their international reach--be chosen to "regulate" the internet?
Talk about "one-world government". (And I'm actually all for one-world government, to be completely honest. It's not a problem for me, thanks very much.)
Check it out:
"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.
Talk about "Big Brother" watching over us.
Who thought or thinks this is a good idea? I mean, besides China and all other totalitarian governments that don't want good, open communication between all their citizens.
And since when is the internet "broken"? What about it isn't working, exactly? Well, except for that rather obvious Wikileaks thing, of course.
I mean, other than the fact that governments can't control what you and I are putting on it right now and the fact that business on it, in most places, isn't taxed which are, in my view, both good things, right?
I think this may be a hugely overlooked story, too.
With the "shape of things to come" being, undoubtedly, online and on the internet, what's the one body looking at shaping and regulating and ruling, if you will, the internet?
Yeah, the UN. The United Nations. Wow. What a change.
Usually the average schmoe on the street doesn't pay the UN much attention.
And he/she still might not.
But with this? With the UN looking at making international rules for the internet and the World Wide Web?
I think, suddenly, they may get the attention of the average person---all around the world.
I don't think this can go anywhere good. At least, it will go nowhere good for the citizens of the world. It will or would only benefit governments in the world and their goals and attempts at stifling free speech.
I don't know much about imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, but I'd be willing to bet he'd be one who sees this for what it is.
And he'd be against it.
Go here: http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=2710
Please sign the petition. Help keep the UN from regulating the internet. It will only lead to an infringement of free speech rights--around the world.
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