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    Let's Put the UN in Charge of the Internet

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    SENATOR DENOUNCES REPORT CALLING FOR UN GLOBAL INTERNET CONTROL
    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.

    "My probe of the U.N. as Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed management that was at best, incompetent, and at worst corrupt," said Coleman. "The first priority for the United Nations must be fundamental reform of its management and operations rather than any expansion of its authority and responsibilities. The Internet has flourished under U.S. supervision, oversight, and private sector involvement. This growth did not happen because of increased government involvement, but rather, from the opening on the Internet to commerce and private sector innovation. Subjecting the Internet and its security to the politicized control of the UN bureaucracy would be a giant and foolhardy step backwards."

    "Recently, I introduced UN reform legislation with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations, Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN), known as the Coleman-Lugar UN Reform Bill, to help put an end to a culture of corruption that was exposed by the Oil for Food scandal, peacekeeping sexual abuse scandals, and other instances of organizational failures at U.N.," Coleman said. "Putting the U.N. in charge of one of the world's most important technological wonders and economic engines is out of the question. This proposal would leave the United States with no more say over the future of the Internet than Cuba or China-countries that have little or no commitment to the free flow of information."

    The WGIG taskforce report will be discussed at the next World Summit on the Information Society Tunisia in November.

    "In light of this report, I also plan to consult with experts and stakeholders regarding Internet governance, and will assess whether legislation is needed as a remedy," Coleman continued. "The U.S. is willing to work with other countries that have an interest in the management of their own country code domains but UN control is out of the question. We will continue a dialogue with the rest of the world on these issues as we go forward."

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    Ok, Dan says we should do more than post an excerpt from an article. We should also comment. Being the team player that I am here's my thoughts. No Freaking Way. I've served with the best and brightest in their blue helmets and white armored personel carriers. These are not people that should be performing traffic control in Dahka let alone managing the economic nerve system of the world. (I realize that the managers at the UN that would be put in charge of the Internet would be way smarter than the last Syrian peace keeper I met. Who knows, maybe they would run it as well as they ran the oil for food program)

    Unlike the Panama Canal - which was in someone else's country - this is something we built and gave the world access to. Its ours baby. We don't owe the world this gift. Besides having a UN Internet Council with China and Yemen voting on policy matters that affect my being able to bash the APA for training Counter Revolutionary Planning Teams with funds that should go to the chapters is crap.

    Screw the UN - Viva Ambassador Bolton!

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    Honestly, EG, I couldn't read the whole thing. Anybody named "Norm" is to be distrusted...

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    The UN couldn't find their butt without using a hound dog... no way you give them that power. That said, Bolton is a pr*ck. What, we need to make the world even more angry with the US? C'mon... that was a bad move by Bush.
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    Well, they couldn't possibly do a worse job than ICANN('t).

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Well, they couldn't possibly do a worse job than ICANN('t).
    Umm....Rwanda?

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    EG: You misunderstand. ICANN is currently "in charge" of the internet, and they do a horrible job. Its probably true that the UN could not do a worse job of running things.

    That being said: what a stupid ****ing idea.

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    I say it is a good thing! A move like this would make it even easier for my Nigerian business partner to transfer money into my bank accounts. I am still waiting....
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    Um... yea. Wow. I know nothing about ICANN, but I don't think that the UN would be a good choice. Canada yes, UN no freaking way.Any group that leaves any deciding choice to France should not be trusted.
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    no....I should be put in charge of the Internet.....so I can control you all.....
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Oh GAWD!!

    If the UN were in charge of the internet, they would put sexual predators in charge of all educational web sites and chat rooms for those under 18!!

    Kinda like when they put Sudan on the Human Rights Commission this year......great move there SCUMBAGS.......or Rwanda in the 90's
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