This is not good news. Debates are taking place in New York over whether the UN should assume responsibility for the Internet.
Simple answer? NO.
Let’s see, Oil-For-Food in Iraq is being revealed as a multi-billion dollar scam that let Saddam and certain UN officials get rich; countries like Libya and Syria get prominent posts on UN committees overseeing human rights; and a Nigerian doctor claims now he has proof that UNICEF polio vaccines are laced with toxins that may leave the people who’ve been vaccinated sterile.
That’s not even getting into the politics behind this idea, which is even more frightening. I posted on this topic two months ago:
The United Nations charter states that the rights to “freedom of opinion and expression”, and the rights to “seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers” (Article 19), “may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” (Third clause, Article 29)
The web is my primary source of news because it isn’t filtered–or as filtered, anyway. We do not want an unelected global bureaucracy deciding what we can access, and especially what constitutes an idea that is contrary to the purposes of the UN.
I ask again, why would we possibly want to turn the Internet over to the UN?