posted on Dec, 6 2003 @ 04:02 AM
'Leaders from some 200 countries will converge on Geneva next week for the World Summit on the Information Society. A primary goal of many of those
leaders will be to remove internet management authority from the hands of ICANN and place the web under UN control. The debate has been gathering
steam as the summit approaches, with this Washington Post report giving a fairly decent bird's eye view of the dispute. Developing countries have
been complaining for some time that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - based in the United States - fails to have their
best interests in mind. Instead they suggest web oversight should be in the hands of the UN. Opponents to UN control suggest web decisions would wind
up bogged down in committee. The likely result will be some form of compromise, with only certain oversight responsibilities (security, Internet
taxation) being transferred to the UN.
This is really a sick joke. Basically the UN wants to take control of how the internet is managed. To steal a good argument I saw on the following
threads, is if you can imagine a 3rd world country having a council seat with a veto vote saying 'give us more money/aid or we'll switch the net
off!' what a ridiculous joke. I hope this never happens in anyone's life time.