Saturday, November 05, 2005

Kofi Annan: The U.N. Isn't a Threat to the Net

Uncle Kofi says the UN isn't a threat to the freedom of the Internet. They just want to "ensure its global reach." I'm sure that's why the Chinese and the Iranians are all for regulating it:

The U.N. Isn't a Threat to the Net

One mistaken notion is that the United Nations wants to "take over," police or otherwise control the Internet. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The United Nations wants only to ensure the Internet's global reach, and that effort is at the heart of this summit.

There are also legitimate concerns about the use of the Internet to incite terrorism or help terrorists, disseminate pornography, facilitate illegal activities or glorify Nazism and other hateful ideologies. But censoring cyberspace, compromising its technical underpinnings or submitting it to stringent governmental oversight would mean turning our backs on one of today's greatest instruments of progress. To defend the Internet is to defend freedom itself.


At November 05, 2005 8:53 PM, Blogger Jude the Obscure said...

United Nations -Organised in June 1945. Harry Truman called it a 'great instrument for peace and human progress'. Since that time 140 wars around the globe have claimed close to 10 million lives.

UN staff = 45,000 or 52,000 employees (can't get an exact figure) spread through 24 countries. Seventy five per cent of the UN budget goes to 'salaries and related staff costs'.

Real spending throughout the UN system of 'specialised agencies' is $5,000 million a year of which the US lays out a third. Nobody can get real figures.

The UN is increasingly concerned with what it calls a 'New World Order' a series of codes, resolutions and treaties on every aspect of political, economic and social life e.g. the 'New International Economic Order' - the redistribution of the world's wealth and the 'New World Information Order' - State control of the press. Does anyone have any real information on this increasingly monolithic and independent organisation? My figures are fifteen years old.

At November 05, 2005 11:41 PM, Blogger Ole said...

When I was a young man, I thought the United Nations would be the salvation of the world. My Grandmother diagreed wholeheartedly with me and wanted us to have no part of the U.N.

My Grandmother has long since passed away and now I am her age and I share her past wisdom and agree, completely, with her. It is great that youth has such wonderful ideals, It is just too bad it takes so long for wisdom to set in and modify them.

At November 06, 2005 3:54 AM, Blogger tefta said...

Remember the old Soviet joke, whatever isn't forbidden is required. That's the paradise the UN has in store for us all.


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