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Here we'll explore the nexus of legal rulings, Capitol Hill policy-making, technical standards development, and technological innovation that creates -- and will recreate -- the networked world as we know it. Among the topics we'll touch on: intellectual property conflicts, technical architecture and innovation, the evolution of copyright, private vs. public interests in Net policy-making, lobbying and the law, and more.

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March 25, 2004

UN Task Force Seeks Additional Control Over Internet

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Posted by Ernest Miller

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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1. Brian on March 25, 2004 1:56 PM writes...

http://www.unicttaskforce.org/

These are the people that want to run the internet?! This has to be one of the most unusable web pages I've seen. The content doesn't even fit in my browser window.

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2. Seth Finkelstein on March 25, 2004 2:13 PM writes...

Ignore it. Not worth wasting the electrons over.

If the UN can't do anything with e.g. Iraq, they aren't going to be taking over the Internet.

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3. Tribeless on March 25, 2004 8:25 PM writes...

I do not agree with many of the authors' on this site as I believe in copyright (because an individual/company, etc must be able to protect their IP - other laissez faire does not work). I especially take exception to Aaron's remark in the 'Cartoon'/Comtastic thread - dumb. You might say, now I've been following this blog a while that I've bookmarked it so I can see what the enemy camp is up to :)

However, as a freedom lover I do agree with this post. The prospect of that socialist monster the UN having any type of control over the internet is truly frightening.

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4. Seth Finkelstein on March 26, 2004 8:15 PM writes...

And remember, this article was written by Declan McCullagh, so pull out the bag of rock-salt (you need far more than a grain of salt for them).

According to an account by Dave Farber

"I wish I heard what Declan seemed to hear and report but what I and others
I talked to heard was endless statements on the need to change the charging
for international. Internet connections to developing countries; endless
calls for additional resources so that delegates from developing counties
to attend international meetings; complaints about the domination of
English on the net (wish I could see that in Japan and Korea when I try to
find information) etc."

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