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UN Council: Seriously, Nations, Stop Switching Off the Internet! ( 59

An anonymous reader writes: "The United Nations officially condemned the practice of countries shutting down access to the internet at a meeting of the Human Rights Council on Friday," reports the Register newspaper, saying Friday's resolution "effectively extends human rights held offline to the internet," including freedom of expression. "The resolution is a much-needed response to increased pressure on freedom of expression online in all parts of the world," said Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of Article 19, a long-standing British human rights group which had pushed for the resolution. "From impunity for the killings of bloggers to laws criminalizing legitimate dissent on social media, basic human rights principles are being disregarded to impose greater controls over the information we see and share online."

Thirteen countries, including Russia and China, had unsuccessfully urged the deletion of the text guaranteeing internet access, and Article 19 says the new resolution even commits states to address "security concerns on the Internet in accordance with their obligations to protect freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights online." But they also called the resolution a missed opportunity to urge states to strengthen protections on anonymity and encryption, and to clarify the boundaries between state and private ICT actors.

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UN Council: Seriously, Nations, Stop Switching Off the Internet!

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  • I hope everybody is as cynical as me. The worlds spies rely on the internet more than the worlds activists. Lets be honest. Where did the FBI get a list of people to "visit" prior to the upcoming GOP convention. Would that list have existed without an active internet to mine?

    It's a sunny and too warm holiday weekend by the Beach

    • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

      Where did the FBI get a list of people to "visit" prior to the upcoming GOP convention.

      Likely the same place that police find criminals posting about their crimes, with evidence in tow. On social media. The people who want to go out and cause shit or problems aren't exactly the brightest people in our society, and they'll relentlessly brag about how they're going to do xyz thing because it makes them feel good. The FBI doing that? That's good policing and a good example that they're actually catching on to how stupid people have shifted. It's also changed the nature of informants.

      • Several years ago I went to a presentation at Oracle Open World, where they were gushing about the ability to integrate real-time public internet data into a system that could be used by police to keep ahead of protests (where/when/who).

        My point was that these police and intelligence agencies would be blind without a functioning internet. The budget cutting and "small government" liars have created a system with a single point of failure, that's the real issue here. There are very few dedicated circuits

    • Well, duh. Why do you think the council condemns switching off the internet but not the elimination of privacy?

    • The FBI managed to create a list of "communists" across the US in the 1940s and 1950s, so I dont really think they would have any issues if the internet didnt exist...

  • by rebelwarlock ( 1319465 ) on Sunday July 03, 2016 @08:29AM (#52438051)
    If your article has a cute title, I instantly lose respect for everyone involved. Be professional if you want to be taken seriously.
    • Upcoming headlines:

      "UN Council: I just, like, can't even, China!"
      "UN Council: Russia, you're being totally problematic. Not cool!"

  • It's great how we as a society keep passing a ton of laws that make us feel good or urge them but nothing stops them from disabling access or interfering with access to prevent it from being effective.

    It's like a recent steam game issue. during the summer sale someone used a DMCA to pull someones game off steam, without giving them a chance to fight it. They were able to fight it I believe but in the end the damage was done by missing out a big chunk of steam sales.

    No one pays any consequences for tripping

  • Sure, like everything else from the UNO this will be more honored in the breech than the observance. Don't you think the bureaucrats and diplomats know this? But if they say nothing, then by implication, depriving access becomes legitimate government policy.

    What really happens is the depriving internet access becomes more grounds for sanctions and other measures that are desired for other reasons.

  • by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Sunday July 03, 2016 @12:19PM (#52438769)

    It seems to me that the UN Human Rights Council doesn't grasp that as long as people are dependant on others, there will always be someone subjegating people. As people become more dependant on others, the centralized power becomes because if the government can control XYZ then they can cause societies to grind to a halt. If they really want to improve the situation of all people then they should be pushing projects that could give people the ability to be autonomous through technology. Governments are terrified of a lack of centralized control because then the people can tell their governments to fuck off. If you want people to be free of tyrants then they have to obtain freedom to go it alone.

    What people need are automated and decentralized manufacturing and agriculture to create a post-scarcity economy.

  • Since when did the right to internet access take priority over the right to safe drinking water?

    There's free wifi wherever I look. Hell, the phone box down the road from me has it.

    Water fountain? There's a public recreation area I can see from my bedroom. I've been all over it. Not one single water fountain. There's a cafe at the far end which is open for like three weeks in August, that's it. Even they don't offer water.

    Something is very, very wrong here.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.