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Friday, April 15, 2005

United Nations vs Internet?

Do we really need the UN to be involved in internet governance - and what would this achieve?Well, it seems that the UN is looking to carve out an increasingly significant role in Internet governance. An editorial in eWeek questions whether or not the Internet needs a new bureaucratic bully to create policies?

"The U.N. has been trying to carve itself a role in Internet governance for years through its International Telecommunication Union agency. The ITU's desire to play a larger role in running the Internet has been met with opposition from the United States and members of the global Internet community, particularly the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN......We're not against the U.N. having a seat at the table of Internet governance. But we would be far more convinced of the U.N.'s worthiness for such a role if it were to first perform some concrete, constructive tasks on behalf of Internet users."

The rest of the story is here.


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