The United Nations and the Internet-Truth!
Newspaper Article Says There is Discussion About the United Nations Controlling the Internet-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:The eRumor is an email alert from NewsMax.com.
It quotes an article written by John Zarocostas for the Washington Times that says there is discussion among some members of the United Nations who would like to see the Internet come under the control of a U.N. Panel.
We don't know what the chances are of U.N. control of the Internet, but the article cited in his eRumor is a real one.
It was published in the Washington Times on November 18, 2003.
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A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Dear Conservative Friend,
In a recent CNSNews.com commentary, Tom DeWeese called the
Internet “the only unregulated source of liberty” in a
world “already suffocating under the weight of rules and
regulations designed to control, tax and consume every
outlet of human expression”.
Well, leave it to the United Nations to hatch a plot to
take over the Internet.
According to an article in the Washington Times by John
Zarocostas, “Governments spearheaded by China, Brazil,
India, Russia and Saudi Arabia are trying to place the
Internet under the control of the United Nations or its
The issue has cropped up in preparatory talks for a world
summit on the information society to be held from Dec. 10
to 12 in Geneva, with the stated goal of “advancing the
management and worldwide use of the Internet, especially
in poorer nations.”
Pierre Gagne, executive director of the world summit, has
identified control of the Internet as one of two key
issues in the talks, adding that control and financial
issues “will probably be the last issues to be resolved”
at the summit.
The Internet, at present, is loosely managed by a private
organization in California named the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates such
matters as Internet servers and domain names. Many third
world countries would like to hand over that authority to
a U.N. agency, such as the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Yoshio Utsumi, secretary-general of the ITU, which will
host the December summit, said in an interview that Brazil
is “a very strong advocate” of his agency taking over the
Internet. China, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, South
Africa, Senegal and many other African countries were also
“keen” for the United Nations to have a role, he said.
Yeah, we just BET he and his UN buddies are “keen” to take
over the Internet. Can you imagine?
— UN control over all e-mail
— UN control over all websites
— UN control over all domain names
— UN control over all e-commerce
These guys are worse than Dr. Strangelove and Dr. Drakken
combined. They really DO want to take over the world!
We need to stop them dead in their tracks, NOW!
ACTION ITEM: So far, The United States, backed by the
European Union, Japan and Canada, has been able to turn
back third world efforts to place the Internet under the
control of the United Nations or its member governments.
But we haven’t stopped them — just slowed them down.
In fact, as of today, the participating nations have
agreed “to ask U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set up
a working group on Internet governance ‘in an open and
inclusive process that ensures a mechanism for the full
participation of governments, the private sector and civil
society… to investigate and make proposals for action,
as appropriate, by 2005.”
This means these UN world-government types are going to
pressure everyone for over a year to “take the Internet
away” from privately-run ICANN, and put it under control
of the UN. And who has the power to stop them? Right now,
our one big hope is President Bush.
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As DeWeese noted, “the greatest threat to personal privacy
over the Internet today is posed by governments that
gather information to profile users, snoop into bank
accounts, and track our movements. Should we now put an
unaccountable, faceless international bureaucracy in
control to compound the situation?” Be sure to forward
this Alert to everyone you know that wants to keep the
UN’s grubby little hands OFF of the ‘net. If every one
reading this bombards the White House with Federal Express
letters and demonstrates an outpouring of grassroots
support for keeping the Internet UN-free, we can put a
STOP to efforts of these international faceless
We’ll need a concerted demonstration of solidarity to keep
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