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United Nations to Seek Control of the Internet

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U.N. to Seek Control of the Internet

Next week the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union will meet in Dubai to figure out how to control the Internet. Representatives from 193 nations will attend the nearly two week long meeting, according to news reports.

"Next week the ITU holds a negotiating conference in Dubai, and past months have brought many leaks of proposals for a new treaty. U.S. congressional resolutions and much of the commentary, including in this column, have focused on proposals by authoritarian governments to censor the Internet. Just as objectionable are proposals that ignore how the Internet works, threatening its smooth and open operations," reports the Wall Street Journal.

"Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users a day.

"Proposals for the new ITU treaty run to more than 200 pages. One idea is to apply the ITU's long-distance telephone rules to the Internet by creating a 'sender-party-pays' rule. International phone calls include a fee from the originating country to the local phone company at the receiving end. Under a sender-pays approach, U.S.-based websites would pay a local network for each visitor from overseas, effectively taxing firms such as Google and Facebook. The idea is technically impractical because unlike phone networks, the Internet doesn't recognize national borders. But authoritarians are pushing the tax, hoping their citizens will be cut off from U.S. websites that decide foreign visitors are too expensive to serve."

Even Google has already come out against the ITU.

"The ITU is the wrong place to make decisions about the future of the Internet," says Google. "Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open Internet. Engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have no vote."

"The ITU is also secretive. The treaty conference and proposals are confidential," adds Google.

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In related news, the UN has also struck up a committee to look into herding cats.

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This could be the single most important piece of international legislation since the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Except, instead of being good, it would be catastrophically awful.

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If UN started taxing google, wouldn't we need to pay for it as google would need to pay taxes for people who don't live in the states and use google?

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You can have my internet when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.

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Governments try to control everything. You really thought they'd just leave the virtual world be?

As for the United Nations, I expect it to soon be taking a larger stake in world affairs. As the US financial status continues to flounder, along with distaste for their presence, they will be more likely to try to exert their influence through the UN.

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Where there is power, money and knowledge there will always be those seeking to control and profit from it.

It's up to us to stop them.

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Where there is power, money and knowledge there will always be those seeking to control and profit from it.

It's up to us to stop them.

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It's no different than the catholic churches throughout history that concealed knowledge in order to keep people subservient.

If history has taught us anything, it's that no one person or group of people should ever have this much power.

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Where there is power, money and knowledge there will always be those seeking to control and profit from it.

It's up to us to stop them.

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Dude, I'm sure they still do. Can you imagine what is actually in the Vatican vaults? It probably makes Indiana Jones look quaint.

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We'll make our own Internet with hookers and blackjack!

*Bender*

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How exactly is the UN involved in a system that they never created, invented, or monitored in the first place?

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This was inevitable. The Internet can't be the Wild West forever.

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Won't all the hackers just mess up the U.N. now? It seems kinda like they just put a rope around their own neck.

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How exactly is the UN involved in a system that they never created, invented, or monitored in the first place?

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