This past September, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan announced their plans to sponsor a United Nations resolution on controlling the Internet. Other nations including North Korea and Iran have joined in the call to have the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the UN, work with governments to give them the power to censor online information.
These radical countries have been trying to get the UN to adopt authority over the Internet, but so far, they have not been successful. They’ve asked for control through international law and via a UN ‘super agency’.
Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister and soon to be President, told the ITU that it was imperative for the United Nations to take complete international control over the Internet. Putin is sure to re-assert his demand at the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications held by the ITU.
The regulatory efforts to be made at the ITU conference was described by the Huffington Post,
“Russia, China and their partners are expected to use this conference intended to renegotiate the ITU’s telecommunications regulations to expand its mandate to regulate the Internet. To succeed, they need a majority of the 193 member states to agree. The proposals could dramatically change everything from access and affordability of the Internet to oversight by the ITU — and therefore governments — of ICANN, the IETF and other organizations responsible for elements of the Internet’s architecture. Unlike the ITU, these organizations use a multi-stakeholder approach where all voices are a part of the process of decision-making — but none control the others.”
Some members of Congress are trying to take measures to prevent the UN takeover of the Internet. Rep Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep Jim Langevin (D-RI) have co-sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 114 to “preserve, enhance and increase access to an open, global Internet.”
McCaul and Langevin are Co-Chairmen of the House Cybersecurity Caucus. They have also urged the US ambassador to the United Nations to oppose any resolution that would permit the UN or any other entity from regulating the Internet.
Rep McCaul states,
“Any action taken by the United Nations to attempt to limit Americans’ right to free and open Internet content is unacceptable. The Internet’s current multi-stakeholder model has provided an unburdened environment for ideas and inventions to thrive. No single state should have control over content and information must be freely disseminated.”
Rep Langevin added,
“The proposals by some nations to gain international approval of policies that could result in Internet censorship would be a significant setback for anyone who believes free expression is a universal right. It must be made clear that efforts to secure the Internet against malicious hacking do not need to interfere with this freedom and the United States will oppose any attempt to blur the line between the two.”
Let’s pray that for once, a bipartisan sponsored resolution will pass both the House and Senate and that the United States can do its part to keep the socialistic United Nations from taking control of the Internet and who will be able to post what. If they do, it’s quite possible that sites like ours will be shut down and Americans will only see and hear what Big Brother wants us to.