UN Plan for Internet Control Tiptoes Forward
by Cheryl Chumley
21 April 2004
to the UN, the management of the internet should be multilateral, transparent,
and democratic, and "ensure an equitable distribution of resources."
The phantom of government-controlled Internet has raised its menacing head again; this time on the global level.
“Even the definition of what we mean by Internet governance is a subject
of debate. But the world has a common interest in ensuring the security and
dependability of this new medium,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the
opening of a March 25-26 United Nations Global Forum on Internet Governance.
“The medium must be made accessible and responsive to the needs of all the
In UN-speak, that means America better ready itself, once again, to relinquish
a bit more of its free-market freedom and accompanying hard-earned dollars
to support the policies and expenses of a socialist system that demands equality
for all at whatever cost.
The idea of government control of the Internet is not new, not even in this
country where pending congressional bills reflect very different opinions
on if and how this technology should be regulated.
Representative Christopher Cox (R-CA), for instance, wants a permanent moratorium
on Internet taxation via H.R. 49, while Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) proposes
to tax email and Internet access in S. 2084. The difference between these
contrasting regulatory proposals being discussed at the US federal level
versus the talks at the UN, of course, is that congressional representatives
are accountable to their constituents.
The members of the United Nations, primarily anti-American in ideology and deed, are not.
So when United Nations leader Kofi Annan announces publicly a “common interest”
in providing Internet access to “all the world’s people,” suspicion should
be the prevailing feeling among all those who claim reverence for the right
of the individual and for free market dogma. This is not an idle pronouncement,
an off-the-cuff expression of a personal dream or childlike desire for all
in the world to have equal rights and access to this technology.
Rather, Annan’s formal statements come on the tail end of a UN meeting on
“telecommunications” regulation that was planned in December 2003, the same
month the global body solidified its Declaration of Principles and its Plan
of Action for actually achieving control of the Internet.
This UN push for control is not going to die. Already scheduled is a follow-up
meeting in Tunis November 16-18, 2005 to give updates on how successfully
these principles and action plans have been implemented in the various member
states, including America. In terms of what the UN wants to accomplish, here’s
the gist of what we face.
“The Internet has evolved into a global facility available to the public
and its governance should constitute a core issue of the Information Society
agenda,” the Declaration of Principles states. “The international management
of the Internet should be multilateral, transparent and democratic …It should
ensure an equitable distribution of resources.”
So what does this mean to you, an American citizen with constitutionally
guaranteed individual rights, freedoms, privacies and free-market abilities?
Well, there’s that niggling “equality for all” philosophy again, the socialists'
dream of achieving absolute uniformity among those of dissimilar abilities
and resources that runs completely contrary to our constitutional system
This is how the plot for global control will unfold. In its Plan of Action,
the United Nations lists ten goals, most aimed at linking various Internet
users and records to one, single, master global system. Planned connections
include “villages, universities, colleges, secondary schools and primary
schools, scientific and research centers, public libraries, cultural centers,
museums, post offices and archives, health centers and hospitals (and) all
local and central government departments.”
Also planned is adapting “all primary and secondary school curricula to meet
the challenges of the Information Society,” ensuring world-wide access to
television and radio and encouraging “conditions in order to facilitate the
presence and use of all world languages on the Internet.”
This is UN language; in simpler terms, the principles and actions outline
the goals and means for taking charge of the Internet at the international
level. By their own statements, UN members want access to medical records.
They want to know what’s being taught in the schools, from elementary grades
through college. They want to keep abreast of all scientific advancements.
They want to know what’s being mailed, what’s being exhibited in museums
and what’s being discussed in town hall meetings.
They plan to achieve these objectives by 2015.
Once realized, our free-market system will surely crumble. Not only does
the United Nations call for sharing technology with disadvantaged and possibly
even hostile states, but this body will also be in position to impose whatever
access and usage fees deemed necessary for the good of all, regulate business,
and oversee all content placed on the Internet for public access.
K. Chumley is the Associate Editor of the American Policy Center’s News Wire.
The Center is a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton,
VA. It maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.org.
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