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March 25, 2004
UN Task Force Seeks Additional Control Over Internet
C|Net News reports that a "task force" will be meeting in New York today to discuss increasing the United Nations' "involvement with running the Internet" (U.N. finds Net governance tempting). The discussion will be quite broad:
The agenda for Thursday's U.N. meeting includes a discussion titled "Accumulated Concerns, Perspectives, and Exploring How We Can Cooperate." Domain names, technical standards, network security, intellectual property, privacy, e-commerce, free speech, taxation, and "cultural and linguistic diversity" also are listed as topics for discussion.
I try not to be paranoid, but the concept of the UN deciding issues related to free speech sends shivers down my spine. And I'm not too confident about giving the UN more purview over the other issues either.
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