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U.S. Resists Passing Control of The Net To U.N.

     
5:16 pm on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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U.S. Resists Passing Control of The Net To U.N. [bbc.co.uk]
The US has confirmed it would resist efforts to put the internet under the control of the United Nations.

At present several non-profit US bodies oversee the net's technical specifications and domain name system.

They operate at arms-length from the US government but officially under the remit of its Department of Commerce.

There has been speculation that other nations will push for a change later this year, but they cannot force the US to comply.

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Can't wait for the blue helmets to take over the internet. They would no doubt do the same wonderful job administering the net that they do with everything else.

Or maybe control could be turned over to whichever group is in charge of Olympic boxing.
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These bozos put the UN in unable. What will they do to the Internet?

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Wasn't there an identical thread just a month or so back? I'm sure someone can find it.

The US doesn't care what the UN does or does not believe, or what it does or does not do, or who is or is not a member. It only cares that it is an entity other than the United States.

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Can't wait for the blue helmets to take over the internet. They would no doubt do the same wonderful job administering the net that they do with everything else.


What specific complaints do you have about how they have been running the world's telecoms systems for the last few decades? Most of what has been done badly has been at the national level, not the ITU.
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Nothing specific; just that the U.N. running anything successfully runs counter to my observations. However, I'm not married to my position. Make your case why the transfer to the ITU makes sense.
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In principle the case for it is that no one country should run a global network. ICANN has also not done a uniformly wonderful job either - although things have worked reasonably well on the whole until recently.

The coordination required at that level is not all that different from what the ITU does.

My main concern is that the move to the ITU could be made an excuse to impose censorship, abolish anonymity etc.

However, the US govt and ICANN not seem to be moving in a wonderful direction either with domain name seizures, claims of wide jurisdiction, and proposed strict (and expensive) verification of domain owners names.
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However, the US govt and ICANN not seem to be moving in a wonderful direction either with domain name seizures, claims of wide jurisdiction, and proposed strict (and expensive) verification of domain owners names.


Yes. I think the UN would be a much better place for control of the internet where the dominions of censorship like China and Russia can get their hands on it and other repressive lands and dictatorships can ironically voice their opinions on how it should operated. Good idea. Not. Some of these member countries can't even keep the lights on in their own capital cities but they want to run the internet. Amazing.

My main concern is that the move to the ITU could be made an excuse to impose censorship, abolish anonymity etc.


Agreed.

Maybe when the UN is a self-sustaining entity located on neutral ground of their own, maybe THEN they could revisit a discussion of controlling the internet when they've proven they're a wholly self-sustaining entity.

Baby steps :)