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Struggle over control of the Internet, scheduled for December

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 29 Oct 2012 19:37 User comments (24)

Struggle over control of the Internet, scheduled for December Who should control the Internet?
In December, a UN agency meeting will take place in Dubai, and the control of the Internet will be on the agenda. China, Russia and other nations have backed a move to take measures that effectively place the Internet under the authority of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) - a U.N. agency that has acted as a standards setting body.

It is likely this proposal will be opposed by major Western nations. U.S. officials in particular argue that placing the Internet under UN control could undermine the freewheeling nature of cyberspace, which promotes open commerce and free expression. It could also, they argue, enable some states to crack down on dissidents and political opponents.

"The most likely outcome is a tie, and if that happens there won't be any dramatic changes, although that could change if the developing countries make a big push," said James Lewis, director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"But there is a lot of discontent with how the Internet is governed and the US will have to deal with that at some point."

Public Knowledge opposed new rules, saying that they could have devastating consequences for some people.

"These proposals, from the Russian Federation and several Arab states, would for the first time explicitly embrace the concept that governments have a right to control online communications and disrupt Internet access services," Harold Feld of Public Knowledge, said.

"This would reverse the trend of the last few years increasingly finding that such actions violate fundamental human rights."

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24 user comments

129.10.2012 19:50

wtf just kill us all why dont you!!!

229.10.2012 20:02

How about leave s*** alone? Why would I want the UN governing the Internet?

329.10.2012 20:18

I'd rather die than be in a police state. Let's face it, this would be the first step.

429.10.2012 20:27

He we go again another world pissing contest.The UN is another useless organization sticking their nose where it doesn't belong.


20 Year U.S.Army Veteran.Vietnam 1969-1972 101st Abn.Div.

529.10.2012 21:30

Originally posted by JST1946:
He we go again another world pissing contest.The UN is another useless organization sticking their nose where it doesn't belong.
hopefully they go the way of nato.

629.10.2012 23:45

Originally posted by bigdan45:
I'd rather die than be in a police state. Let's face it, this would be the first step.

First step?!

Face it, you already live in a police state. It's just more amenable than most.

730.10.2012 8:22

Something wrong with the country that created it having the most control??? Besides the utterly clueless who think "net neutrality" means the opposite of what it does, that is?

830.10.2012 11:13

While I am a freedom loving American here I don't believe we or anyone else should have total control of the internet. I also believe we have no place to dictate what other countries should do when relegating their own people. Our society believes we have the most freedom and the most open honest government ever... sure.

However, if this were to be a stepping block to a global unified civilization I would be all for it. But there are a lot of stingy dogs out there, and they will do anything including torching their own lands to keep that bone.

931.10.2012 17:14

Only I SHOULD be in control of the internet.

You should all get MY permission to do anything.

1031.10.2012 17:57

Yeah right go stuff it!


20 Year U.S.Army Veteran.Vietnam 1969-1972 101st Abn.Div.

111.11.2012 10:16

Originally posted by hearme0:
Only I SHOULD be in control of the internet.
You can't, it's mine. I bought it from the widow of a deceased African dictator and I am assured it will be delivered to me next week.

We once had a empire and it was led by an emperor then we had a kingdom which was led by a king. Now we have a country.

121.11.2012 10:52
Zoo_Look
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Quote:
U.S. officials in particular argue that placing the Internet under UN control could undermine the freewheeling nature of cyberspace, which promotes open commerce and free expression.
Because the U.S. are all about a free and open internet...
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Nov 2012 @ 10:54

131.11.2012 14:41

I say let Comcast control the internet. Look at the excellent job they've been doing so far. They would only have our best interests in mind and they would never gouge us or throttle our speed. Oh, look it's a unicorn!

145.11.2012 20:39

I think the answer is for "The Internet" to be declared a sovereign nation, and as such would consider any other nation or group of nations attempting to "gain control" of it as an act of war.

You can have our Internet when you pry it from our cold dead hands!


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

156.11.2012 0:36
Zoo_Look
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Interesting idea... Since citizenship is generally determined by place of birth, how would one become a citizen of this country?

166.11.2012 6:12

Originally posted by Zoo_Look:
Interesting idea... Since citizenship is generally determined by place of birth, how would one become a citizen of this country?
Umpteen millions have become citizens of countries they weren't born in:it ain't too tricky.

176.11.2012 17:10

Citizenship is granted when you acquire your G+ (Google Plus) account.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

187.11.2012 2:14
Zoo_Look
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Originally posted by attar:
Originally posted by Zoo_Look:
Interesting idea... Since citizenship is generally determined by place of birth, how would one become a citizen of this country?
Umpteen millions have become citizens of countries they weren't born in:it ain't too tricky.
You kinda missed the point actually, nice try. The point was that the internet is a virtual structure that has no physical area in which to do anything. The most basic of which would be to become a citizen. So I ask the question again... how does one become a citizen of a non existent virtual country?

198.11.2012 17:37

Originally posted by ThePastor:
Citizenship is granted when you acquire your G+ (Google Plus) account.
That's my citizenship confirmed then.. not only a citizen but some party official no less (page and group owner/admin)



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208.11.2012 17:45

Citizenship is granted if you voted for Obama.Well maybe for illegals.


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218.11.2012 19:38
Zoo_Look
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Originally posted by JST1946:
Citizenship is granted if you voted for Obama.Well maybe for illegals.

So only former Americans can become citizens of the internet?

Guess the question of who should control the internet is redundant then...

2212.11.2012 13:10

Gee Zoo... don't make it harder than it is...

To become a Citizen of the Internet, LOG INTO THE INTERNET.

All thinking human beings are qualified and NO ONE is looking for CONTROL.
There is no Pro-American agenda here... it's a rhetorical concept, not a movement to kick all non Americans off the web.
If you are concerned I hereby grant you provisional citizenship on the internet, with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of a full net-citizen. Welcome to the future!


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

2312.11.2012 16:46
Zoo_Look
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*rolls eyes* sarcasm is lost in some people...

2412.11.2012 18:08

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Something wrong with the country that created it having the most control??? Besides the utterly clueless who think "net neutrality" means the opposite of what it does, that is?

The rest of the world apparently thinks so.

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