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Google Warns Against UN Net Conference 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the deciding-how-you-view-cat-pictures dept.
another random user writes "Google has warned that a forthcoming U.N.-organized conference threatens the 'free and open internet.' Government representatives are set to agree a new information and communications treaty in December. It has been claimed some countries will try to wrest oversight of the net's technical specifications and domain name system from U.S. bodies to an international organization. However, the U.N. has said there would be consensus before any change was agreed." Google is using its Take Action page to encourage people to speak out on this issue.
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Google Warns Against UN Net Conference

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:36PM (#42059631)

    The UN, a wonderful organization where every dictatorship gets the same votes as a western country. What could possibly go wrong? Surely there are more liberal countries in the world than dictatorship and corruption...

    I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. Allahu Akbar! (don't kill me)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:39PM (#42059665)
    This would be a great way for the government of the US and other Western nations to make a show of "transferring control" of the internet to an agency of the UN, influenced heavily by Russia and China, to do their SOPA-style work for them. "Hey- we didn't push the latest round of censorship...don't bitch at us."
  • by bhagwad (1426855) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @06:36PM (#42061549) Homepage

    Since when did dictatorships suddenly have the same moral standing as democratic countries? I mean on the one hand you want democratic control over the Internet. And on the other you want participants who themselves are not democratic...something's missing here.

    While I dislike many things about the US's control over the Internet, I would choose them over the UN in a heartbeat. It's a question of the lesser evil.

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