Monday, February 07, 2005

First Public Reaction to the WSIS Process

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In an article entitled The United Nations Supports Internet "Governance", a blogger writes:

First and foremost, I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t believe that the Freemasons are in control of the world, I don’t think that the Illuminati tells Alan Greenspan what to do, and I don’t see the point of thinking that the Trilateral Commission and Skull & Bones Society have our futures already planned for us.With that said, I just thought that it was interesting when I came across an official website for a division of the United Nations known as the International Telecommunication Union

What’s so scary about this site? On the site, they mention Internet governance multiple times. Instead of describing it further, I’ll just post a few things that might be a bit unnerving to those of us who don’t want state-control of the Internet. An affiliated group, The Working Group on Internet Governance, has a role to “deal” with the following:

1.) Develop a working definition of Internet Governance
2.) Identify the public policy issues that are relevant to Internet Governance
3.) Develop a common understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities of governments, existing international organizations and other forums as well as the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries

Read a few excerpts taken directly from their site and come to your own conclusions. To me, it looks as if the United Nations is making a rather strong effort to have national governments take control of the Internet “for the good of the society.”

No matter what we "insiders" think of the ITU, or ICANN, or the WSIS process, or the UN, it's always prudent to listen to the voice of the public.

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