12.17.2010 0

Will the UN regulate the Internet?

It’s scary enough to watch the FCC discuss regulating the internet, but now the United Nations has entered the arena. While Big Government politicians worldwide mull the idea of regulating the last free space for human interaction (outside of outer space itself), the United Nations is discussing the idea of creating a working-group that would explore efforts to regulate the internet on a global scale.

According to ITNews:

At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would to attempt to create global standards for policing the internet – specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks.

The Brazilian delegate stressed, however, that this should not be seen as a call for an “takeover” of the internet.

Those that seek to become the Internet “nanny” never come out and say that they want to “takeover” it. They know that they will never succeed if that is their stated goal.

Debate on the creation of a new inter-governmental body stemmed from a UN Economic and Social Council resolution 2010/2 of 19 July.

The resolution invited the UN Secretary-General “to convene open and inclusive consultations involving all Member States and all other stakeholders with a view to assisting the process towards enhanced cooperation in order to enable Governments on an equal footing to carry out their roles and responsibilities in respect of international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet but not of the day-to-day technical and operational matters that do not impact upon those issues.”

So now the debate about regulating the internet has expanded from the FCC to the United Nations. Nothing good can come of this.

Are there no bounds to the amount of regulatory power that Big Government “nanny’s” seek?

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