A report by a United Nations organization calls for the international body to seize control of information shared over the Internet should the governments of member nations fail to pass sufficient cybersecurity regulations.
In the document, called “Trends in Telecommunication Reform: Smart Regulation in a Broadband World,” the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) points to the specter of an attack on the cyber infrastructure of a country as justification for the world body’s assumption of regulation and monitoring of traffic on the information superhighway.
That frightening prospect was first reported by the News Limited Network out of Australia. Paola Totaro and Claire Connelly write:
A draft of the proposal, formulated in secret and only recently posted on the ITU website for public perusal, reveal that if accepted, the changes would allow government restriction or blocking of information disseminated via the internet and create a global regime of monitoring internet communications — including the demand that those who send and receive information identify themselves.
Their summary is accurate. Citing “the increased use of online applications and services to communicate and do business (such as social media, cloud services, e-payment and other m-banking services),” the ITU proposal calls on “stakeholders” (read: countries that are members of the United Nations) to increase their regulatory control over the Internet lest the threats to cybersecurity become an unmanageable problem.
In what likely comes as no surprise to those familiar with the UN’s policy of consolidating power through the eradication of national sovereignty, the ITU draft proposal would grant the government of any member nation the right to throw the "kill switch" on the Internet should that government suspect that information being exchanged threatens their own or a fellow participating country’s national security.
Although the document admits that when it comes to policing the Internet, “the principles of privatization, competition, and liberalization have been of central importance over the past two decades,” the time has now come, the UN body insists, for government to assume “greater responsibilities” over the flow of information through the Internet.
Thankfully, a coalition of civil rights groups, labor unions, and large cybercorporations have come together to oppose the UN’s plan to police the Internet.
As reported by Common Dreams, this coalition
opposes the plan by some telecommunications companies and countries including China and Saudi Arabia. If approved, it would allow the UN's International Telecommunications Union to charge users for services such as email and restrict access to the internet and monitor activity online.
The International Trades Union Conference, representing 6.2 million union members in Britain, wrote that the proposal could "restrict political freedoms and harm civil society." Such changes would hit users from developing countries particularly hard, according to the ITUC.
The website for Stop the Net Grab warns:
The internet as we know it is at risk. Unless we act now, our right to freely communicate and share information could change forever.
In less than four weeks’ time, the International Telecommunications Union (or ITU), a United Nations agency, is planning to adopt new rules to clamp down on the fundamental freedoms of citizens online.
So far the proposal has flown under the radar, but its implications are so serious that we must act quickly to show the ITU and its member countries that citizens will not stand by while our right to communicate freely is undermined.
Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA, told ITWire that a drive to consolidate power is behind the UN’s net grab. He also said that, "for some countries it is about a belief that they can control things more easily if they go through the UN."
They have been trying for sometime now and Obama wants it and I believe they will do a big push to succeed. The internet will stink.
this means they will push their propoganda and it is propoganda and hide the truths.
I think we all know what the democrats are under Obama, liars and cheats and expect far worse with controls like this.
This post was modified from its original form on 17 Nov, 4:48
Diane, Sheila is right. During the campaign this is one that was constantly being shoved under the carpet by Obama Administration. Clinton seems to really support it, too.
I am not comfortable with having the UN setting policy for the U.S. I think that they can suggest, and it can be discussed within the U.S., but in the end, I do think that at a minimum ouir Congress should entertain this, yes, but the people should have some say as well.
I do feel that there needs to be some controls, yes, as the WWW and internet are being abused, as is everythning else, by the ciminal elements around the world. But when we begin a policy of letting other nations dictate our policy before long they have control of our government, too.
This is moving toward the Clinton's baby, New World Order and what Soros has been advocating for so long. I am not in favor of that at all. We see what is happening with the EU and if the European nations can't seem to get it right, what makes us think that a New World Order will do better. We are all unique and sovereign nations; we all have the right to control our own country's destiny. I just am not supportive of this at all.
All of the progressive democrats want the UN initiatives to take precedence in USA. John Kerry is another one, Hillary, Valerie, the silly rice woman and obama.
Many more but these people tout it openly. They are sneaky about the internet one though as it would upset their base and they know it. They entice their base with freebies but take it away like upsetting all of those who stay home all day long and do nothing but go onto the net; watch out!
they are sneaky and nothing about bo is transparent except his demands of redistribution and socking it to those who work.