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fettpett
02-21-2012, 05:39 PM
And we thought SOPA and PIPA were bad

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204792404577229074023195322.html

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom
Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model. By ROBERT M. MCDOWELL (http://online.wsj.com/search/term.html?KEYWORDS=ROBERT+M.+MCDOWELL&bylinesearch=true)
On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year's end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish "international control over the Internet" through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.
If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet's flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.
Since the Net's inception, engineers, academics, user groups and others have convened in bottom-up nongovernmental organizations to keep it operating and thriving through what is known as a "multi-stakeholder" governance model. This consensus-driven private-sector approach has been the key to the Net's phenomenal success.
In 1995, shortly after it was privatized, only 16 million people used the Internet world-wide. By 2011, more than two billion were online—and that number is growing by as much as half a million every day. This explosive growth is the direct result of governments generally keeping their hands off the Internet sphere.
Net access, especially through mobile devices, is improving the human condition more quickly—and more fundamentally—than any other technology in history. Nowhere is this more true than in the developing world, where unfettered Internet technologies are expanding economies and raising living standards.
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Today, however, Russia, China and their allies within the 193 member states of the ITU want to renegotiate the 1988 treaty to expand its reach into previously unregulated areas. Reading even a partial list of proposals that could be codified into international law next December at a conference in Dubai is chilling:
• Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control;
• Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for "international" Internet traffic, perhaps even on a "per-click" basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries;
• Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as "peering."
• Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world;
• Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work;
• Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices.





And we thought the US bills would destory the Internet...just think if Russia or China had control over it. :eek::eek::eek:

oh, and of course, the Idiot-in-Chief is sitting on his hands on this too.

Janice
02-21-2012, 06:09 PM
http://i.imgur.com/XA11M.png

Not surprising that the UN and our Muslim/Marxist in Chief are on the same page on this issue, just as they are on so many other issues.

Odysseus
02-24-2012, 11:39 AM
And we thought SOPA and PIPA were bad

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204792404577229074023195322.html


And we thought the US bills would destory the Internet...just think if Russia or China had control over it. :eek::eek::eek:

oh, and of course, the Idiot-in-Chief is sitting on his hands on this too.

Anyone want to bet that there's also an anti-blasphemy section that will allow the shutdown of sites that criticize Islam?