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United Nations Denied Control Over the Internet

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UK, U.S. and Canada, among others refuse to sign bill that would offer UN control over the free Internet.

The United Nations has been denied control over the internet due to officials from western democracies such as Canada, UK and the U.S. refusing to sign the new telecommunications treaty.

"The Internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefits during these past 24 years – all without UN regulation," said U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer in Dubai.

"Internet policy should not be determined by member states but by citizens, communities, and broader society, and such consultation from the private sector and civil society is paramount. This has not happened here."

The World Conference on International Telecommunications was originally scheduled to rewrite the International Telecommunications Regulations established in 1988. However, there were widespread worries regarding this enabling online censorship and spying from certain governments.

"This conference was never meant to focus on internet issues," said Kramer, "however, today we are in a situation where we still have text and resolutions that cover issues on spam and also provisions on internet governance."

"We all agreed that content was not intended to be part of the [treaty], but content issues keep coming up," said the British delegation. Canada, meanwhile, stressed that the treaty posed a risk to its commitment to an internet "in which people are free to participate, communicate, organize and exchange information."

Opposition to the treaty was also expressed by Sweden, Kenya, Denmark, Egypt and Costa Rica, with over 80 countries refusing to sign the bill. "[It's] with a heavy heart and a sense of missed opportunities that the U.S. must communicate that it is not able to sign the agreement in the current form."

Before the UN gathered in Dubai to discuss possible power over controlling the open web, the U.S. government unanimously voted on officially opposing U.N. control of the internet. Preceding that was the ruling that prevents law enforcement from searching through American citizens' emails, private Facebook messages, Twitter direct messages, Google Docs files, among others.


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    davewolfgang , December 14, 2012 7:21 PM
    "...with heavy heart..."???!?!?!???? How about (BLEEEEEEP)ING NO!

    Heavy Heart that ya'll got CAUGHT trying to take over something you (nor any government body EVER) should ever get control of.
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    kracker , December 14, 2012 7:45 PM
    F**k you UN.
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    techtate , December 14, 2012 7:15 PM
    The more distributed the control over a system is, the more open and free the system will be.
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  • 27 Hide
    techtate , December 14, 2012 7:15 PM
    The more distributed the control over a system is, the more open and free the system will be.
  • 33 Hide
    davewolfgang , December 14, 2012 7:21 PM
    "...with heavy heart..."???!?!?!???? How about (BLEEEEEEP)ING NO!

    Heavy Heart that ya'll got CAUGHT trying to take over something you (nor any government body EVER) should ever get control of.
  • 25 Hide
    10hellfire01 , December 14, 2012 7:35 PM
    Next on the list is to assign one person control of the world's governments....
  • 27 Hide
    kracker , December 14, 2012 7:45 PM
    F**k you UN.
  • 24 Hide
    wannabepro , December 14, 2012 8:13 PM
    They should have a hit squad to take out politicians who support asinine ideas like this..
    lol
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 8:16 PM
    F the U.N. They have been irrelevant for many years now. Go away never come back.
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    abbadon_34 , December 14, 2012 8:17 PM
    First thing I'm proud of in 4 years
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    guardianangel42 , December 14, 2012 8:54 PM
    Say what you will about Canada, the US, and the UK, (and those other states too) but, despite SOPA (or perhaps because of it) these states did the right thing.

    Viva la Egypt baby (No, I don't).
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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 14, 2012 8:55 PM
    soldier2013F the U.N. They have been irrelevant for many years now. Go away never come back.

    Remember the "League of Nations"? The U.N. may be irrelevant as it is today, but it does have a purpose in world politics. If or when there is a WWIII, the U.N. might become a much more powerful political body.
  • 3 Hide
    memadmax , December 14, 2012 9:09 PM
    BURN UN BURN.
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    memadmax , December 14, 2012 9:13 PM
    jupiter optimus maximusRemember the "League of Nations"? The U.N. may be irrelevant as it is today, but it does have a purpose in world politics. If or when there is a WWIII, the U.N. might become a much more powerful political body.


    The UN was created as a response to the holocaust and the soviet union... of which another similar instance cannot be prevented. Why? Because it happens anyways, all the time. Humans are built to terminate other humans, that is the rule. Why? Because we have no known natural predators. Laws of nature, cannot be broken...

    Have a great day.
  • 12 Hide
    memadmax , December 14, 2012 9:17 PM
    Who the hell floated this.... thing... to control the internet anyways?

    He should be hanged by his thumbs and never allowed to touch a mouse again...
  • 17 Hide
    abbadon_34 , December 14, 2012 9:48 PM
    MadjimmsPlease show me where he claimed that.... I'm getting really sick of that stupid joke.


    March 9, 1999, CNN "I took the intiative in creating the internet"
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    A Bad Day , December 14, 2012 9:55 PM
    soldier2013F the U.N. They have been irrelevant for many years now. Go away never come back.


    The one thing the UN should get credit for are its humanitarian missions.

    Security missions? Not the greatest track record.
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    mikenygmail , December 14, 2012 10:37 PM
    Unless it was up to someone like me, who could be 100% fair and rule the internet with the best possible interests of everyone involved in mind, it makes no sense for anyone or anything to have control of the internet. :) 
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    mikenygmail , December 14, 2012 10:38 PM
    Seriously though, stop trying to control the free internet - it's just a tremendously dumb idea.
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