ITU sneaks in middle-of-night resolution to hijack Internet governance

Summary:We call on U.S. Ambassador Kramer and the diplomatic teams from all freedom-loving countries to continue to fight these other nations attempt to destroy one of mankind's greatest creations.

Here we go again. I told you the forces of darkness would be back, in their attempt to hijack the Internet and impose authoritarian controls. I just didn't expect it to be so quickly -- and actually in the dark of night.

Let's add to the list of rogue nations such paragons of freedom as Cuba, Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, in addition to China, Russia, and the UAE.

According to The Weekly Standard, the chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) decided to try an end-run around the U.S., Europe, and most freedom-loving nations by conducting a survey of nations and putting forth a resolution that gives governments control over Internet policy, which includes everything you and I send across the pipes.

Apparently, this wasn't a binding policy, but it's a political gambit designed to get the UN to continue the process of trying to wrest control of the Internet from those interested in freedom to those interested in control of freedoms.

I'm a strong believer in a global Internet, but I'm starting to think countries like China and Russia and Cuba and the various regressive Middle Eastern states are more trouble than they're worth. Maybe it's just time we pulled the Internet plug on them*.

*No, I don't seriously think that. I'm just disgusted with these nations.

I firmly believe that the Internet must remain open across the planet, across all peoples, cultures, and political regimes. This kind of middle-of-the-night furtive move is not in any way, shape, or form the spirit of what the Internet has become and these countries must be stopped.

I call on U.S. Ambassador Kramer and the diplomatic teams from all freedom-loving countries to continue to fight these other nations attempt to destroy one of mankind's greatest creations -- and maybe keep one eye open while in bed at night.

Topics: Security, Government, Privacy

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