Thursday, April 26, 2012

The U.N., Internet Regulator?

Renda, Andrea. "The U.N., Internet Regulator?" The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2012.

From the opinion: "Mayan prophecy predicts that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, but Internet users should be more worried about what will happen just a few weeks before. The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) meets in Dubai Dec. 3-14 to consider proposals that would grant authority for Internet governance to the United Nations and impose new regulations on Web traffic. If adopted, these proposals could upend the Web as we know it, undermining it as an engine for growth and dynamism for the world….More transparency and accountability for private organizations, rather than more governmental control, can help the Internet continue to grow as a resource for the whole world. More geographically balanced governance can easily co-exist with a free Internet. It would also help unmask those governments that dress their desire to limit free speech as a plea for global governance." Read more