The Internet Just Became a Dangerous Place, as Governments Try to Seize Control

Friday, November 30, 2012
By Paul Martin

By: Jeff Berwick
Market Oracle
Nov 30, 2012

The Internet is more dangerous than ever before… and not because of “child porn” or Craigslist personal ads… it is because of governments. Within that sinister cabal of governments known as the United Nations, control-crazy members like China, Russia and the Arab countries, are trying to seize control of the free flow of information. As reported in the Wall Street Journal:

“Who runs the Internet? For now, the answer remains no one, or at least no government, which explains the Web’s success as a new technology. But as of next week, unless the U.S. gets serious, the answer could be the United Nations.

“Many of the U.N.’s 193 member states oppose the open, uncontrolled nature of the Internet. Its interconnected global networks ignore national boundaries, making it hard for governments to censor or tax. And so, to sent the freewheeling digital world bck to the state control of the analog era, China, Russia, Iran and the Arab countries are trying to hijack a U.N. Agency that has nothing to do with the Internet.

“For more than a year, these countries have lobbied an agency called the International Telecommunications Union to take over the rules and workings of the Internet…U.S. Congressional resolutions…have focused on proposal by authoritarian governments to censor the Internet…”

I have to heartily agree with the Journal (a rare occurence) when they say, “Having the Internet wired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla.” But of course, that means nothing to governments who by their very nature (thieving monopolies on force) want control. They just can’t let flourishing, self-regulating systems be. “The self-regulating Internet means no one has to ask permission to launch a website and no government can tell network operators how to do their jobs.”

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