It’s Cyber Monday – the online equivalent of Black Friday. As you prepare to take advantage of online deals and revel in the marvel that is modern technology, it’s a good time to keep in mind that next month the UN will meet to put into place it’s first step in global Internet regulation. The meeting of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will begin on December 3 in Dubai. The 11-day meeting (11 days?It’s terrifying to think what 11 days of UN meetings could produce) will address such issues as spam and fraud, according to the ITU. However, there are other issues of concern tucked into the agenda. On the table will be proposals that could grant wider accessing power to dictatorships like China and Iran, putting bloggers and online freedom activists further at risk for censorship and punishments. The ITU will also propose ideas to impose fees on providers and platforms like Google and Facebook. Those companies would pay fees for anyone who accesses their sites across borders. The money raised from those fees would then go to the UN to provide Internet access in underdeveloped countries. ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure (why are there so many black communists named Toure these days?) has already announced Internet access should be considered a basic human right and the U.N. is hard at work to enshrine that right across the globe.
Companies such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon are already warning their customers of the potential threat to what is now referred to as “net neutrality” and plan to attend the conference to protest. In an online statement, Google had this to say: “Engineers, companies and people that build and use the web have no vote. The billions of people around the globe that use the Internet, the experts that build and maintain it, should be included” in the decision-making process.
Naturally, the ITU claims it has no plans to restrict online expression (no, not the U.N.! They would never seek to censor anyone, ever) but that they simply want to adjust outdated international responses to changing technology. ITU’s Toure says he expects “a light-touch regulatory approach”. The United States is expected to resist any regulations and will send a 123 member delegation to the meeting next month.
123 members of one nation to attend an 11-day U.N. meeting in the most expensive place on earth – that sentence alone is everything that is wrong with the United Nations. It is an organization run by thieves and despots. These are the same people who want to regulate what small arms we own as American citizens and what parental rights we have when it comes to our disabled children…but we’re supposed to believe they will take a “light-touch regulatory approach” to what has been the biggest boon for freedom and free markets in the history of mankind.
This is one time where I wish the liberal narrative of “big business” were true. I wish Google and other Internet giants were all-powerful like they are in Hollywood and could just use their Illuminati-fueled powers to destroy this nonsense once and for all. Unfortunately, just like nearly every other liberal premise that one is mostly fantasy. Hopefully the amount of money those companies add to the U.S. economy will be enough to motivate Obama’s delegation to resist any attempts at international control of American communications. For our part, we can call our representatives and let them know we know about this and are concerned and we can also spread the word about what will be happening in Dubai. Share this blog and other stories about the conference. Check in with Google, Amazon and others to sign their petitions and find out more about how you can make yourself heard.
The Internet has opened the doors to freedom, free communications and prosperity across the planet. It is no wonder that the dictators and whack jobs in the U.N. feel moved to control it. It’s in their nature. That is in the nature of communist/socialist believers – the idea that we humans are and should be in control of everything. It is a dangerous idea and it is on our doorsteps. Don’t forget that as you support the economy online today.