Saturday, July 16, 2005

Will the U.N. run the Internet?

Yes, let us give Islamic countries and the Chinese Communist Party even more possibilities to strangle our freedom of speech. Sounds like a great idea:

Will the U.N. run the Internet?

An international political spat is brewing over whether the United Nations will seize control of the heart of the Internet. U.N. bureaucrats and telecommunications ministers from many less-developed nations claim the U.S. government has undue influence over how things run online. Now they want to be the ones in charge. While the formal proposal from a U.N. working group will be released July 18, it's already clear what it will contain. A preliminary summary of governmental views claims there's a "convergence of views" supporting a new organization to oversee crucial Internet functions, most likely under the aegis of the United Nations or the International Telecommunications Union. Beyond the usual levers of diplomatic pressure and public kvetching, Brazil and China could choose what amounts to the nuclear option: a fragmented root. At issue is who decides key questions like adding new top-level domains, assigning chunks of numeric Internet addresses, and operating the root servers that keep the Net humming.


At July 16, 2005 6:42 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

Politicians of all stripes can pontificate and propose all they want about "controlling" the internet, but it ain't going to happen. Being the technical illiterates that they are, they never seem to realize their limitations. They might as well try to legislate which sexual positions are legal and illegal!

At July 16, 2005 10:00 PM, Blogger bioqubit said...

Currently, the Internet is run by, I believe, Worldcom (or it's new name?). Putting it under some form of government control by an organization rife with corruption, sexual crimes, and gross ineptness in nearly every corner of its "organization" is the worst kind of joke.

My problem is "we" invented the Internet, "they" did not, and never would get past stringing two cans together. For them to demand some form of control over something they do not understand is truly pathetic.

At July 16, 2005 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. Freedom squelching legislation can be enacted to have ISPs block any and all "inappropriate" content. I'm sure they will not care if the occasional "legitimate" content is blocked as well. This is a real and frightening proposal and would take away the ONLY form of information transfer that we, the peons, have left to educate ourselves outside the reach of prying eyes.

At July 17, 2005 1:43 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

No one "runs" the internet. There are groups and organizations (public and private) that contribute to the internet architecture and use, develop technical standards, oversee protocols and procedures, coordinate protocol numbers, etc., etc. ethnocentrist is right that legislation can be enacted to block content at ISPs (e.g. China). But being like any other system, there will be ways around repressive regulation.

At July 17, 2005 2:26 AM, Blogger erp said...

Lucky we have the brains on our side and can sic the nerds on governmental installations. They better watch their step and leave well enough alone.

At July 17, 2005 8:05 AM, Blogger ik said...

Freedom of speech is the key critical value which is absolutely necessary to deal hinestly with Islam - without freedom of speech we might as well all give up.

anyway take a look at this -

At July 17, 2005 5:14 PM, Blogger erp said...

ik, fjordman was kind enough to teach me how to link and I'll pass on the favor.

I tried to do it step by step here in the comments box, but all the pieces of code confused the program, so if you email me at, I'll send the code to you in an email. Anyone else who what's to know, pls. email me. Put in the subject line of the email. From fjordman's blog, so I'll know it isn't spam.


ik's link


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