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Neal Boortz explains in plain language why the UN meeting last week on taking over the assignment of Internet domains is an ominous sign of things to come:

There is no greater source of world-wide information today than the Internet. This massive information database covering everything from politics to economics to sports to cures for warts simply cannot be ignored by governments who love to control such things.

The initial idea here is for the United Nations to merely exercise control over the assignment of domain names. That sounds innocuous enough. The stated fear is that the United States might allow political considerations to determine who does and does not get an Internet domain, and that ICANN could shut down domains from countries that don?t toe the American line. The Palestinian Authority, for instance, has been assigned the .ps Internet domain. What if the US orders a shutdown of the domain assigned to the Palestinian Authority shut down to show disfavor for Yasser Arafat?s latest campaign of violence?

Here?s a better question. What if the United Nations, after taking control of ICANN, decides that the Israeli domain (.il) needs to be shut down?

The real fear is that the UN would decide to start revoking domains or URLs of sites or countries that violate Article 29 Section 3 of the UN Charter, which states:

?These rights and freedoms [Note: “freedom of opinion and expression”, from Article 19 of the Charter] may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.?

As Boortz writes, “the United Nations is no friend to freedom, and its eyes are on your Internet.”

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