Skip to comments.UN Plan for Internet Control Tiptoes Forward
Posted on 04/25/2004 7:18:46 PM PDT by softengine
According to the UN, the management of the internet should be multilateral, transparent, and democratic, and "ensure an equitable distribution of resources."
The phantom of government-controlled Internet has raised its menacing head again; this time on the global level.
Even the definition of what we mean by Internet governance is a subject of debate. But the world has a common interest in ensuring the security and dependability of this new medium, said Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the opening of a March 25-26 United Nations Global Forum on Internet Governance. The medium must be made accessible and responsive to the needs of all the worlds people.
In UN-speak, that means America better ready itself, once again, to relinquish a bit more of its free-market freedom and accompanying hard-earned dollars to support the policies and expenses of a socialist system that demands equality for all at whatever cost.
The idea of government control of the Internet is not new, not even in this country where pending congressional bills reflect very different opinions on if and how this technology should be regulated.
Representative Christopher Cox (R-CA), for instance, wants a permanent moratorium on Internet taxation via H.R. 49, while Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) proposes to tax email and Internet access in S. 2084. The difference between these contrasting regulatory proposals being discussed at the US federal level versus the talks at the UN, of course, is that congressional representatives are accountable to their constituents.
The members of the United Nations, primarily anti-American in ideology and deed, are not.
So when United Nations leader Kofi Annan announces publicly a common interest in providing Internet access to all the worlds people, suspicion should be the prevailing feeling among all those who claim reverence for the right of the individual and for free market dogma. This is not an idle pronouncement, an off-the-cuff expression of a personal dream or childlike desire for all in the world to have equal rights and access to this technology.
Rather, Annans formal statements come on the tail end of a UN meeting on telecommunications regulation that was planned in December 2003, the same month the global body solidified its Declaration of Principles and its Plan of Action for actually achieving control of the Internet.
This UN push for control is not going to die. Already scheduled is a follow-up meeting in Tunis November 16-18, 2005 to give updates on how successfully these principles and action plans have been implemented in the various member states, including America. In terms of what the UN wants to accomplish, heres the gist of what we face.
The Internet has evolved into a global facility available to the public and its governance should constitute a core issue of the Information Society agenda, the Declaration of Principles states. The international management of the Internet should be multilateral, transparent and democratic It should ensure an equitable distribution of resources.
So what does this mean to you, an American citizen with constitutionally guaranteed individual rights, freedoms, privacies and free-market abilities? Well, theres that niggling equality for all philosophy again, the socialists' dream of achieving absolute uniformity among those of dissimilar abilities and resources that runs completely contrary to our constitutional system of capitalism.
This is how the plot for global control will unfold. In its Plan of Action, the United Nations lists ten goals, most aimed at linking various Internet users and records to one, single, master global system. Planned connections include villages, universities, colleges, secondary schools and primary schools, scientific and research centers, public libraries, cultural centers, museums, post offices and archives, health centers and hospitals (and) all local and central government departments.
Also planned is adapting all primary and secondary school curricula to meet the challenges of the Information Society, ensuring world-wide access to television and radio and encouraging conditions in order to facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the Internet.
This is UN language; in simpler terms, the principles and actions outline the goals and means for taking charge of the Internet at the international level. By their own statements, UN members want access to medical records. They want to know whats being taught in the schools, from elementary grades through college. They want to keep abreast of all scientific advancements. They want to know whats being mailed, whats being exhibited in museums and whats being discussed in town hall meetings.
They plan to achieve these objectives by 2015.
Once realized, our free-market system will surely crumble. Not only does the United Nations call for sharing technology with disadvantaged and possibly even hostile states, but this body will also be in position to impose whatever access and usage fees deemed necessary for the good of all, regulate business, and oversee all content placed on the Internet for public access.
Control over content would be the coup d'etat, and certain death to sites like FreeRepublic.
I have thought through that scenario. Some smart pup would bridge between the two internets with a Timex Z-80, or S-100 box, or a Cray, or something, just so he could get his porn, and suddenly, there is once again... one internet.
In every thought experiment I have run, there is exactly one internet per populated planet, and no government can control it.
Intranets are subsets, and generally have serious problems in not merging with the internet. A parallel internet will eventually merge with the other. There can be only one.
Your question presupposes some misconceptions. The internet isn't tied to any backbone (and never has been), it can use and does use and does upgrade itself as better paths become available. It started on phone lines. At 300-1200 baud between nodes.
The internet isn't a thing, a place, or a service. It's an agreement on how to communicate. And that's all it is.
And that's really difficult to control, because, to control something, you have to be able to destroy it. And you can't destroy the internet. Ever. Without destroying the inhabitants (all of them) of the planet.
That's why Arapanet became the internet. It is nuke proof. So I'm not too worried about some UN socialists that can't hide their tracks on some oil-for-payola scheme.
No, I don't think so. At best, you may be able to control individual points by forensics, that is, by tracing the bits and hanging the barstid, but that's slow, and there's lots of barstids.
Our cold war thinkers were some of the best. Arapanet rocks. Especially in the 21st century. Who knew?
Ah, but the word gets around.
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