Thursday, March 31, 2005

The U.N. thinks about tomorrow's cyberspace

The International Telecommunication Union is one of the most venerable of bureaucracies. Created in 1865 to facilitate telegraph transmissions, its mandate has expanded to include radio and telephone communications. But the ITU enjoys virtually no influence over the Internet. The ITU, a United Nations agency, would like to change that. "The whole world is looking for a better solution for Internet governance, unwilling to maintain the current situation," Houlin Zhao, director of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, said last year. Zhao, a former government official in China's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, has been in his current job since 1999.


At March 31, 2005 3:38 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Yes, this freedom of expression thing is totally out of control. Please, UN and Mr. Zhou: save us from ourselves!

At March 31, 2005 1:03 PM, Blogger Kifaya said...

the ITU's an 140 yo institution, eh? way'll, they're prolly gonna have to wait a million years before they get their way.

At March 31, 2005 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the past few years, politicians of all sorts, have become increasingly concerned at the freedom that is afforded to individuals on the internet. This, as far as the politicos and major broadcasters such as the BBC are concerned, find very odious. I mean to say, to let the common man have a global audience. Absurd. Preposterous. Freedom is generally good thing, I hear them say but it has gone too far.

So regulation of one sort or other has been in the offing for quite sometime now. The only thing holding it up is to find a good excuse, and child pornography on the internet provides that. The other holdup is to get all national governments to agree around a common concensus. And this is where the UN comes in.



re: Short life of thread on the main page.

The topics that you post are very interesting and sometimes require some thought, and therefore time to think and respond. This is particularly so when a thread comes alive, as a discussion develops.

Would it be possible for threads to have a greater half-life then at present.


At March 31, 2005 11:33 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

"Would it be possible for threads to have a greater half-life then at present."

Point taken. Yes, I will limit the number I post every day.


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