From AP: EU Wants Shared Control of Internet.

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union insisted Friday that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a showdown with the United States on the future of Internet governance. A senior U.S. official reiterated Thursday that the country wants to remain the Internet’s ultimate authority, rejecting calls in a United Nations meeting in Geneva for a U.N. body to take over. EU spokesman Martin Selmayr said a new cooperation model was important “because the Internet is a global resource.” A stalemate over who should serve as the principal traffic cops for Internet routing and addressing could derail the summit, which aims to ensure a fair sharing of the Internet for the benefit of the whole world. At issue is who would have ultimate authority over the Internet’s master directories, which tell Web browsers and e-mail programs how to direct traffic. That role has historically gone to the United States, which created the Internet as a Pentagon project and funded much of its early development. The U.S. Commerce Department has delegated much of that responsibility to a U.S.-based private organization with international board members, but Commerce ultimately retains veto power. Some countries have been frustrated that the United States and European countries that got on the Internet first gobbled up most of the available addresses required for computers to connect, leaving developing nations with a limited supply to share.

From last week’s Washington Times: U.S. tells nations hands of Internet (hat tip Allen Forkum)

From ARI:

IRVINE, CA– A cabal of countries, including Cuba, Syria, China and Iran–now backed by the European Union–is demanding that control of the Internet be surrendered to the United Nations.
These and other thug-nations restrict their own citizens’ ability to receive and broadcast news and grievances from inside their blood-soaked walls. China, for instance, currently has many individuals jailed for being “cyber-dissidents” and it engages in massive censorship of the Internet. It recently passed a law mandating that only “healthy and civilized” news may be read by its citizens–to be determined, of course, by the same “civilized” officials who brought us Tiananmen Square.

This world-wide web of evil nations, hiding behind the veneer of technical complaints, now seeks to control not just what its own citizens are able to see and say on the Internet, but what every individual on the face of the planet is able to see and say. If the UN is given control of the Internet, we can expect free trade and freedom of speech to be crushed.
The Internet was created in and by the land of the free, America. It has now become the object of an alarming power-grab by the world’s dictatorships and their puppet, the UN. America must not surrender its citizens’ freedom to the mercy of a debating society for dictators. 

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