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U.N. Doubles Down On Internet Control Mission

December 11, 2012 by  

U.N. Doubles Down On Internet Control Mission
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Governments meeting in Dubai to discuss the future of global Internet regulation reportedly butted heads on Monday as some countries called for more government control, while U.S. officials warned that overregulation in cyberspace posed threats to freedom.

At a U.N. conference that will end later this week, officials from Russia, China and some Arab states have argued that governments need greater control over Internet content. But a U.S. delegation to the conference, which includes representatives from tech giants like Google and Microsoft, says that countries that already use heavy Internet controls would abuse the power.

Members at the conference have already agreed to work on implementing Internet standards that would essentially allow global eavesdropping. International Telecommunications Union officials said they would adopt a proposal from Chinese officials that would allow telecom companies across the world to more easily dig through data passed across the Web.

Part of the proposal would allow governments to use a process called deep packet inspection, which has been used by repressive regimes, many of which are members of the ITU, to conduct surveillance against their own citizens.

“The telecommunications standards arm of the U.N. has quietly endorsed the standardization of technologies that could give governments and companies the ability to sift through all of an Internet user’s traffic – including emails, banking transactions, and voice calls – without adequate privacy safeguards.  The move suggests that some governments hope for a world where even encrypted communications may not be safe from prying eyes,” the Center For Democracy and Technology said of the measures in a recent blog post.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • RevNowWhileWeCan

    I believe this may be an epic instance of double speak by the US. It will look like the ‘good guys’ speaking out against violations of ‘cyber-space freedom’, while at the same time giving in to some UN proposals of certain restrictions. Let’s be clear that ANY restrictions posed by the UN or ANY international bodies that the US capitulates to is a serious and calculated infringement upon our already shrinking personal liberties.

  • Vicki

    The OP writes:
    “But a U.S. delegation to the conference, which includes representatives from tech giants like Google and Microsoft, says that countries that already use heavy Internet controls would abuse the power.”

    Since countries already regulate their internet the UN is not needed and so the entire debate is just a way to get everyone to use the controls that repressive countries already have. What government could resist that. The UN made me do it. Hmmm. Sounds familiar.

    The OP writes:
    “Part of the proposal would allow governments to use a process called deep packet inspection, which has been used by repressive regimes, many of which are members of the ITU, to conduct surveillance against their own citizens.”

    You mean like the United States of America who has had deep packet inspection designed into routers for many years.

    • Bob

      You’re absolutely right, Vicki. The US Government has had this for many years, compiling all data from the internet and telephones, and stored into huge data base banks all over the US, of every citizen. Facebook, Google, and many other websites collect and track your every move around the internet, including your personal e-mail accounts. For now, it’s all compiled and not catagorized, but key words are implemented for flagging if they so desire to check someone’s data. Their deep packet is comprised of all of a person’s electronic info, bank accounts, e-mail addresses, phone calls, credit cards, etc., of every part of your daily life. All of the above is of seperate entities, but with their technology, they are able to line it all up and bring out every bit of info created by you to peruse. It’s still not an exact science for them yet, but they are working on it to streamline it accurately.

  • http://personalliberty.com/2012/12/11/u-n-doubles-down-on-internet-control-mission/ william l collins

    The U.S.A. should just walk out on the U.N.. cut all aide and kick them out of THE U.S.A. period. And if you put it to a vote of the people of THE U.S.A. that they would vote the same way!! The U.N. has bleed the U.S. taxpayer for years it time to cut our support and let them start suport there selves!! The U.N.are not for the freedoms or the rights of any of the people!! All the U.N. wants to do is to control all the poeple there property and all there lively hood and destroy our consitution of the UNTIDED SATATS OF AMERCIA!! We have too many Moles in our government that are trying to destroy the consitution of the U.S.A. and the U.S.A. altgether!! But so far there are enough good people in our government that are doing there best to stop it. I don’t care what party they belong too but as long as they are fighting and stading for the consitution of the united states of america i for one will back>>

    • diderot

      Aw, come on. How on earth will they be able to construct their New World Order without the little third world sxxx out voting the first world in the UN? Prop up a dictator, whether in Venezuela, USSR, CHINA, etc., build up their military, then we have to too, (Military Industrial Complex), let them have free reign to murder, etc., then allow them to enter the UN and vote against freedom in the first world. Delivering Fascism to you without the Fuhrer…….majority rules.

  • Texas Ride

    It is treason to give foreign countries power over Americans!

    America is a sovereign Nation and our government should act accordingly. We don’t need despots, and human rights abusers, dictators and tyrants from other countries to tell Americans what to do.

    That is…unless…..our government wants the same thing for us as the UN wants for all people in the world. It is beginning to look like we Americans are being governed by other countries…where are the representatives of “the people.” Sorry, forgot that we are no longer represented by anyone. We have given up our rights and freedom without a fight.

    • Steve E

      When you lie with dogs (UN), you get fleas.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

    Mr. Rolley: At a U.N. conference that will end later this week, officials from Russia, China and some Arab states have argued that governments need greater control over Internet content.

    Why?

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