Well, here they come again. The UN has devised yet another plan to strip away a little more freedom from those who use the Internet. This time they come to seize more control of the online experience. They want to decide who has the right to see what’s on the Internet. And here’s a shocker. There may be some taxes involved.
Another disturbing aspect of the Summit is that it will be held in secret sessions. The meeting itself is, of course, public knowledge, but what will take place behind closed doors is not.
The summit supposedly is focused on revising an older treaty that was approved in 1988 called the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). This was ratified before the Internet became what it is today.
This UN Summit is set to take place in Dubai this week. It is sponsored by an organization called the International Telecommunications Union or ITU. So what is the ITU? From their own website we learn this about the ITU:
Their homepage goes on to say: ITU is committed to connecting all the world’s people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through our work, we protect and support everyone’s fundamental right to communicate.
This last statement seems to militate against what is apparently the purpose of this upcoming Summit. As I understand it, the purpose is to impose more regulations and control over the Internet and restrict some current freedoms. This cannot be good for Earth’s millions of users especially in repressed countries.
Any meeting with the UN involved usually does not bode well for the United States. This one will probably be no different. Those who cherish Internet freedom need to take notice and take action if necessary. Keep a keen eye out for developments this week and beyond.
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