ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Internet: It was fun while it lasted

From Drudge:

Mon Aug 01 2005 18:43:18 ET

Washington, D.C.-Senator Norm Coleman today submitted a statement into the Congressional Record denouncing a final report issued by the United Nations' Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) suggesting that the U.N. assume global governance of the Internet. Since its inception and creation in the United States, the U.S. has assumed the historic role of overseeing the Internet's growth and has overseen its development. The U.N. taskforce report suggests that in addition to terminating the U.S.'s leadership role, the authority and functions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce, should be transferred as well. Senator Coleman strongly opposes these measures.

Well, I'm sure that the internet under the UN would be just swell. Given the membership of the Council on Human Rights, I wonder who the champions on the Council of the Internet would be. No doubt champions of free speech such as Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, etc, etc. No doubt sex-ring and pedophilia sites would see significant growth, given the UN's affinity for such activity...

Our friend on the Left are in an unfortunate position on this one... Either they shout for joy as the UN usurps control of the internet from the hyperpower that is the US OR they shriek (hypocritically) in terror at the prospect, recognizing that increased government control over the internet (like increased government control on most human activities) will have drastic consequences. The internet is what it is today because of free market capitalism and the liberty it provides.

See Jeff Goldstein at PW as well

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ARC: St Wendeler