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Another attempt to kill the Internet, this time at UN / ITU

Post by MikeGale » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:27 pm

I've just heard of the latest skirmish of those trying to kill the Internet.

The old media and trade representatives tried SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. With some kickback, but some success too.

A possibly worse attempt to kill the Internet has just taken place at the UN. The ruling regimes in Russia, UAE, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt (there's doubt that the actual Egyptian delegates had anything to do with it) have tried to take over the Internet using the UN.

Among other things they used a variety of dishonest, thuggish tactics in an attempt to foist their plans on the world. (Possibly orchestrated in large part by a character called Hamadoun Touré, who is ITU Secretary-General .) Part of these shenanigans involved Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Togo, China, Sudan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Burundi. Ultimately a group of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Kenya, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic said no, before the chairman, a character called Mohamed Al-Ghanim, shut down further objections. The objections appear to have been as much to a politically dishonest "human rights" clause, as to putting the Internet under control of politicians and ruling regimes.

Ultimately 89 signed up and 55 didn't. So there's 89 states that some might think of as "rogue states" out there.

For more details see http://j.mp/VTdyI8.

If a number of countries hadn't overplayed their hand on language, this might have passed.

These guys aren't going to go away. They seem intent on destroying key features of the Internet, that they don't like. We need ways to fend off their actions. I don't think governments are up to the tasks.

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Re: Another attempt to kill the Internet, this time at UN /

Post by MikeGale » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:39 pm

For more details of the resolution see http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/default.aspx.

It appears that the signatories were:

AFGHANISTAN
ALGERIA
ANGOLA
ARGENTINA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BARBADOS
BELIZE
BENIN
BHUTAN
BOTSWANA
BRAZIL
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
BURKINA FASO
BURUNDI
CAMBODIA
CAPE VERDE
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CHINA
COMOROS
CUBA
DJIBOUTI
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
EGYPT
EL SALVADOR
GABON
GHANA
GUATEMALA
GUYANA
HAITI
INDONESIA
IRAQ
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
IVORY COAST
JAMAICA
JORDAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KUWAIT
KYRGYZSTAN
LEBANON
LESOTHO
LIBERIA
LIBYA
MALAYSIA
MALI
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
MOZAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
NEPAL
NIGER
NIGERIA
OMAN
PANAMA
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
PARAGUAY
QATAR
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
RWANDA
SAINT LUCIA
SAUDI ARABIA
SENEGAL
SIERRA LEONE
SINGAPORE
SOMALIA
SOUTH SUDAN
SRI LANKA
SUDAN
SWAZILAND
TANZANIA
THAILAND
TOGO
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UGANDA
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY
UZBEKISTAN
VENEZUELA
VIETNAM
YEMEN
ZIMBABWE

I wouldn't be surprised if a few of those governments are open to repudiating their acceptance.

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Re: Another attempt to kill the Internet, this time at UN /

Post by Albert Wiersch » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:17 am

MikeGale wrote:Among other things they used a variety of dishonest, thuggish tactics in an attempt to foist their plans on the world. (Possibly orchestrated in large part by a character called Hamadoun Touré, who is ITU Secretary-General .) Part of these shenanigans involved Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Togo, China, Sudan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Burundi. Ultimately a group of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Kenya, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic said no, before the chairman, a character called Mohamed Al-Ghanim, shut down further objections. The objections appear to have been as much to a politically dishonest "human rights" clause, as to putting the Internet under control of politicians and ruling regimes.
Thanks Mike,

That was a very interesting article by Eli Dourado... and certainly worrisome that they kept claiming that the conference wouldn't have anything to do with the Internet, along with all the seemingly backhanded tactics used to try to get this thing passed.

Bottom line is I'm glad the countries who did not sign stood their ground... and hope that it stays that way.
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