Sunday, May 27, 2012

Turning the internet over to the UN? If Congress is discussing it, it can't just be for Birchers any more

The mania for government surveillance and government control is now endemic at all levels.

The Montgomery County, Texas, Sheriff's Deparment plans to arm its surveillance drones with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Legislators in New York are trying to ban anonymous blogging.

And, of course, the FBI is seeking the power to have surveillance back doors built into all American communciations software.

Now Congress is actually discussing a plan to turn over greater governance of the internet to the UN:

House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet.
The proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet.

Granted, the discussions in Congress and even from the Obama administration are largely hostile to the concept, but that they are actually discussing it rather than rejecting it out of hand is disturbing.

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