China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members want a UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which would claim governance over our Internet. They want a lot “more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system. Foreign government-owner providers would be able to to charge extra for international traffic and allow for more price controls.” [The Hill]
According to The Hill, the House will bring it up in hearings next week to call attention to this dangerous new idea coming out of communist nations like China and Russia.
I wrote about the ITU in February and my complaint was that it was being ignored by Obama who appears to be against it but hasn’t lead on the issue. He seems content to let it happen. I have recopied my original story below.
The U.N. is close to voting on it and it took the House to bring it to America’s attention. Where is Obama? Is he voting present again?
Original Story: 2/27/12: If this treaty – the ITU – goes through, you will witness the great destruction of modern technology. Russia and China are pushing for international control over the Internet” through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.
Obama has not yet appointed a leader for the treaty negotiation and this treaty has the potential to negatively impact the daily lives of all Americans and threaten freedom and prosperity across the globe. Obama is relinquishing our freedoms and ceding our constitution to the U.N. using the tactic of inaction. Word out of the White House is that Obama is inclined to not support the treaty.
This is a partial list of changes to the way the Internet has run since 1988 and it will be devastating if it passes –
• Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control;
• Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for “international” Internet traffic, perhaps even on a “per-click” basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries;
• Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as “peering.”
• Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world;
• Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work;
• Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices.
Not all countries will go along with this thereby severing the Internet into hostile units which will devastate global free trade and national sovereignty. Internet growth will end.
It will be a completely statist regulatory overlay to the structure of the Net. No bureaucratic power can keep up with the speed of the Internet and all the business in and around the Net will grind to a halt. Nations which are developing will lose their momentum.
A global regulatory body such as the U.N. only wishes to steal our sovereignty and keep their own countries enslaved. No global bureaucracy can have any beneficial effect and certainly not the U.N.
Those in favor of the regulation are better organized than those who are not. They only need a simple majority of 193 member states to codify their communist agenda for the Internet. All this is happening while our President decides if he agrees with it or not.
Read more at the WSJ