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The UN Wants Complete Control Over The Internet And That Would Mean Unprecedented Censorship, Taxes And Surveillance

One of the fastest ways to ruin the Internet would be to put the United Nations in charge of it.  Unfortunately, that is exactly what the United Nations wants.  The United Nations is now pushing very hard for complete control over the Internet. A proposal that has the support of China, Russia, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Iran would give control of the Internet to the UN’s International Telecommunication Union.  This is perhaps the greatest threat to the free and open Internet that we have seen yet.  At a UN conference in Dubai this upcoming December, representatives from 193 nations will debate this proposal.  The United States and many European nations are firmly against this proposal, but it is unclear whether they have the votes to stop it.  Unlike the Security Council, there are no vetoes when it comes to ITU proceedings.  So the United States may not be able to stop governance of the Internet from being handed over to the United Nations.  The United States could opt out of any new treaty, but that would result in a “balkanized” Internet.  If the UN gains control over the Internet, you can expect a whole new era of censorship, taxes, and surveillance.  It would be absolutely catastrophic for the free flow of commerce and information around the globe.  Unfortunately, many repressive regimes are very dissatisfied with how the Internet is currently working and they desperately want to be able to use the power of the UN to tax, regulate and censor the Internet.  Needless to say, that would be a disaster.  International control over the Internet would be a complete and total nightmare and it must be resisted.

Top Internet experts are sounding the alarm bells about this proposal as well.  The following comes from a recent CNET article….

Vint Cerf, Google’s chief Internet evangelist, co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol, and former chairman of ICANN, said the ITU meeting could lead to “top-down control dictated by governments” that could impact free expression, security, and other important issues.

“The open Internet has never been at a higher risk than it is now,” Cerf said.

Sadly, the United States cannot block this from happening.  As an article by Robert M. McDowell explained, all it is going to take for this proposal to be accepted is for a simple majority of the 193 UN members states to agree to it….

Regulation proponents only need to secure a simple majority of the 193 member states to codify their radical and counterproductive agenda. Unlike the U.N. Security Council, no country can wield a veto in ITU proceedings.

Once the ITU gains control, the United States and other nations could attempt to “opt out”, but that would create a “balkanized” Internet that would be much different than what we have today.

The powers that would be given to the ITU under the current proposal would be extraordinary.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal summarized some of the powers that the ITU would be granted….

• Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control;

• Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for “international” Internet traffic, perhaps even on a “per-click” basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries;

• Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as “peering.”

• Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world;

• Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work

Some members of the U.S. Congress are deeply concerned that ITU control over the Internet would also open the door for oppressive global taxation of Internet companies….

“Google, iTunes, Facebook, and Netflix are mentioned most often as prime sources of funding,” McDowell said. Added Rep. Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat whose district includes Facebook’s headquarters, many countries “don’t share our view of the Internet and how it operates.”

A lot of smaller nations are supporting this proposal because of the money it could mean for them.

Many developing nations see international control over the Internet as a potential revenue bonanza as a recent CNN article explained….

Also pushing for international controls are developing countries hungry not only for political control, but also for new sources of revenue. (Allowing foreign phone companies to collect fees on international traffic is one proposal under discussion.) Grenell, who saw the regulatory effort spring up from the beginning a decade ago, notes that developing countries at the U.N. “get excited about taking up global issues that will give them more control and influence over commerce, that require businesses to seek their input and approval.”

But taxation would not be the greatest threat to the free and open Internet.

Censorship would potentially be an even greater threat.

Do you really want China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran to be involved in setting standards for what is “acceptable” communication over the Internet?

In China, Internet censorship has become an art form.

For example, check out the new regulations that were recently imposed on Chinese “microbloggers”….

A five-strikes-and-out rule will see anyone posting five tweets on “sensitive” subjects have their account on Sina’s Weibo suspended for 48 hours.

Anyone whose posts continue to irk the censors could then have their accounts closed permanently.

The code of conduct, which bans the spread of “state secrets”, “false information”, and anything that harms “national unity” went into force on Monday.

Would you like that kind of regulation to come to Facebook and Twitter?

Don’t think that it can’t happen.  The following excerpt from a recent CNET article should be sobering for all of us….

In 2008, CNET was the first to report that the ITU was quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain anonymous. A leaked document showed the trace-back mechanism was designed to be used by a government that “tries to identify the source of the negative articles” published by an anonymous author.

Do you want China to be able to identify and locate you every time you say something bad about them on the Internet?

As I have written about previously, governments all over the world already use the Internet to spy on all of us.

How much worse would Internet surveillance become if the United Nations was in charge?

If the United Nations gets control over the Internet, that will be a giant step toward the United Nations becoming a true world government.  The Internet has become an essential part of our daily lives, and allowing the UN to govern it would give them an extraordinary amount of power over all of us.

Please do what you can to raise awareness about this potential UN takeover of the Internet.  Hopefully we can raise enough of a fuss that the UN will back down for a while.

  • Alyssa

    To international phone companies: Good luck collecting anything from me. Best course of action is to just not participate.

  • Alyssa

    USA can kill the UN at any time by dropping out. USA provides about 22% of UN funding.

    • Stefan

      “USA provides about 22% of UN funding.”
      .
      When did USA pay anything to the UN the last time ? How many years ago was that ?
      .
      USA is one of few western countries that owes money to the UN.
      .
      If USA drops out there will not be much change….

  • tommcd

    There is a very easy way that the United States government could stop this and and every other piece of UN oppression.
    All we would have to do is to simply withdraw ALL of our funding of the UN!
    While we are at it we could kick the UN out of their offices in NYC. Let them all go off to China or Russia or any other oppressive country that will have them.
    Why should US taxpayers have to pay for this kind of crap? Why should we continue to pay to support this???
    Sadly, this will never happen though.

  • Arley Steinhour

    The older generation, over age fifty, will be able to walk away. It would hurt, not being able to communicate with the wonderful people we all know, who live on the other side of the planet, but we can, if we must.
    The younger generation can do it, also, but the sting will be much greater, worse that quitting smoking, but they too could, if they would. Within six months the system would return to something agreeable. Should most people go ‘Ennui’ of character, and refuse to stop the takeover, WWW will go the same direction as the CB (Citizen Band Radio)(flush).

  • Watchandpray

    Perhaps then we will go back to really living again. When I think of all the extra hours I used to have in a my week before I got a computer…
    But isn’t an EMP coming anyway? Won’t it be like Little House on the Prairie soon?(sigh)
    What’s it going to be, cameras everywhere, internet censorship and monitoring, Big Brother watching everything we do, or pre-industrial revolution? Can’t have both…or can we…

  • Angel

    I think it’s sad. If I couldn’t communicate with my friends. I don’t have a lot, but at the same time, it’s taking away a God given right. I think the UN would live to regret it. Because too many people in the developed world.

  • Robert

    You know some one told me the other day Rob stack em high and stack em deep….Hmmmm Wonder what he meant by that. Ha Ha

  • Moi

    Yes, kick out the United Nations from New York and hope they go to an isolated and independent island for their own sovereignty far from the US pawns.

  • http://2020blogger.com Russ Hallberg

    How many 9/11 repeats have been stopped by Internet free speech? We have to create our own communication networks or live under total MSM BS.

    Internet free speech saved me from organized crime. It doesn’t operate the way it is portrayed in the MSM.

  • Chris

    Just try and tax us in the UK and watch millions pull the plug on their ISPs. yep the younger kids won’t like it but us older ones will bite the bullet and just go do it. I was born many years before computers and mobile phones became must-haves. I enjoy using the Internet and it has helped me do many things that I could not have done otherwise, but the UN won’t be getting my taxes. *********** the lot of em.

  • http://www.abw.pl John KGB

    No worry, we will send them ABW and “former” WSI agents.
    Greetings from Poland.

  • http://NONE Arizona

    My big dog is always hungry,theres a ******* storm coming to america,and he would not know the difference between A UN terrorist and a traitor ,But i’am sure he would like the taste of them no matter where they came from(remember wal-mart will be closed-no dog food)I’am sure these people at the UN never think about how good they would taste to americas dogs……

  • D. Drake

    Since when does the UN DICTATE anything to anyone, other than MARXIST TRASH like Hussein Obama? …And his DEM-wit cohorts in Congress. Sorry, but your One WORLD Luciferian Order will need some more CHAOS first. As soon as Osiris/Apollo manifests himself you think you will just walk right in and take over the US? Think again BOY. It will be a fight to the finish…where your upraised arm is withered and your right eye darkened. SOON…very soon. Your days are NUMBERED. Albert Pike sure has a lot to say about it. GOD has even more. The MOST HIGH will take your power and destroy you.

  • Cale

    What the hell are you talking about D. Drake? You sound like an idiot.

  • Keith

    USA BEWARE OF FROREIGN INFLUENCE.

  • Keith

    USA BEWARE OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE

    • OZ FROM OZ

      Munroe doctrine makes foreign influence illegal. However if you research the number of people in high places who are Jesuit trained you will realize that these ‘dedicated to Rome rather than US’ power figures already control your beloved USA. Watch your constitutional freedoms slowly be eroded.

  • Linda MC

    Alright Drake, I can’t wait for the day. Please make it soon.

  • Mya Told

    How to become a member here? :-(

  • OZ FROM OZ

    The US will throw up its hands and say ‘We’ve been outvoted’, as will the UK and other ‘free’ countries. However this does not mean that the powers who continually steal the American public’s freedom by deception are not similarly stealing our internet freedom by deception. Naturally the countries that stand to gain greatest by internet control is the ‘free’ West.

  • http://www.freespeech-internetcontrol.com Louis Leclezio

    The world can reach consensus for Internet control to pass from the UN to the US at WCIT2012.
     
    Every little bit helps!
     
    Dear Sir/Madam,
     
    A true to life Internet story on http://www.freespeech-internetcontrol.com adds its weight for Internet control to pass from the US to the UN at WCIT2012 in Dubai in December.
     
    That ‘first hand’ experience demonstrates that if the USA and Google do not defend and protect open, fair and free speech within and outside its own jurisdiction area – Who could ever believe that the USA and Google would be benevolently concerned about an open, fair and free Internet for the rest of the world!

     Whereas, the Google V.P., Vint Cerf, asserts that the Internet is most open, free and fair under US control. That statement appears to be self serving and made for the gallery.
     
    In reality, is that claim by Vint Cerf not aimed solely at increasing revenues and the bottom line for Google and a few other US companies?
     
    Whereas no matter how powerful a nation is, or how well capitalized any US Corporation is, if neither that nation nor such a corporation are truly open to treat all equally; if neither are committed to fairly and freely share revenues with all Internet stakeholders – both may end up stifling their jealously guarded control of the global Internet goose.
     
    Understandably, no one would want to lose that Internet goose that has laid so many golden eggs for so long for the compounding financial benefit of so few in the USA?
     
    Yet, is the time not long overdue for all the global stakeholders who have helped feed that goose, to finally partake in the fair sharing of its golden eggs?
     
    Check out Google market value for example:
     
    http://finance.yahoo.com/q/ks?s=GOOG
     
     Ironically, the fastest growing Internet markets are outside USA borders!
     
    http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
     
    In 2012, is it normal for Google and the USA to control the world wide Internet?
     
    In 2012, would the world not readily agree that the neutral ITU/UN is best qualified to protect the Internet goose nest and distribute the golden eggs there from fairly to all stakeholders around the world?
     
    In today’s world village, are we not all Internet stakeholders?
     
    Does each and every user not contribute to the success of the mighty Internet?
     
    Has it not been widely recognized that the Internet success rests on the shoulders of all world citizens who are its end users and consumers from all over the globe?
     
    While we all add to the Internet success, on a personal level, my web site http://www.freespeech-internetcontrol.com tells the true story of the blatant discrimination by the US and Google against me, the ‘little guy’ from Africa.

    Since that story illustrates clearly that the USA and Google do not walk their talk and do not care to ensure that the Internet is equally open, fair and free for all.
     
    Now, be it resolved that the majority of the 193 countries represented at WCIT 2012 should reach logical consensus in favor of Internet control passing from the US to the UN for the fairest impartial protection of the human rights of every world citizen.
     
    Who else other than the neutral ITU (International Communications Union) acting under the umbrella of the United Nations, could ensure:
     
    *  That Internet transparency becomes truly open to all.
    *  That Internet income gets fairly distributed between all countries whose citizens contribute to the vast internet success and wealth.
    *  That the Internet becomes truly free of the kind of territorial discrimination presently prevailing under US control.
     
    Link to my first letter addressed to Dr. Hamadoun Touré – ITU:
     
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/97536947/Michael-L-Darland-Fuels-Internet-Control-Debate-by-Denying-Free-Speech-to-Louis-Leclezio
     
    The above referred to letter is exhibit # 49 under the chapter: ‘Authoritative Documents’ in support of the Trial Brief that is available through: http://www.freespeech-internetcontrol.com  
     
    Find out from that letter to Dr. Toure and from the transcript of a US Court hearing (Document # 26 P. 5 lines 11 – 15 under the Authoritative Documents Chapter on the web site) how an attorney, Jeff Slothower, had to mention Africa three times within a few other meaningless and lawless words for me to be denied free speech across international borders without a trial! 

    From Africa and from around the world, many end users/consumers from those world’s fastest growing Internet markets should join in to thank Dr. Touré, the various media and organizations involved with WCIT2012 for their valuable help in disseminating an urgent call for a much welcomed consensus to be reached in order to assure open, fair and free Internet governance by the UN after WCIT2012.
     
    It is clearly imperative that after WCIT 2012 Internet control should pass from the US to the UN to favour the Internet’s equitable further planetary growth and to ensure the protection of all world citizens.
     
    As the most Honourable Dr. Touré said on June 20, 2012:

    http://www.itu.int/en/osg/speeches/Pages/2012-06-20.aspx
     
    “By working together, we will make this world a better place.
     
    A world where everyone has equitable, affordable and secure access to the Internet – wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.
     
    A world where the social and economic benefits of ICTs have reached all the peoples of the planet.
     
    And a world where social and economic justice prevails.”
     
    Most sincerely,
     
    Louis Leclezio.
     
    P.S. Health permitting, I look forward to presenting my true to life testimony at WCIT 2012.
     

  • http://eruci.com eruci

    Well, let’s invite those countries demanding control over something they did not invent/build to go take a hike or go ahead and create their own version of the internet. Some of them are already going that route (Iran)

  • Russ Spencer

    We do not have to remain in the United nations. Wise men have been telling us to get out since it first started after WWII. The UN is an arm of the advocates of one-world Government. It is sanctoned by the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Nations and the Trilateral Commission.

    Now is the time to get out of the UN before the Obama Administration uses it to carry out his socialist and egalitarian society politics. Obam and his spokesperson, Hillary Clinton, do not object to allowing ther UN to take over the Interent, tax it and make a list of everyone’s IP and censor accordingt to their whims.