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(Fox News)   The US is fighting hard to keep the UN from taking over the internet, which it's going to need in order to Google what all those secret signals on the back of roadsigns mean   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, Google, International Telecommunication Union, veto power  
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2012-12-04 03:57:44 PM  

starsrift: DreamSnipers: A rare time I am proud of my countries policies. We are actually standing up for freedom.

No. They're not. They're standing up for the ability to let the MPAA and associated lobbyists regulate the internet, instead of the UN.

That's all this is. And sure, protectionism is fine, but the bottom line is that I'd rather have the UN regulate the internet than the MPAA. Though either way is farked, and if it was up to me, the answer would be 'none of the above'.

I doubt that. France has as much, if not more, influence with the UN as the US does, and their internet regulation, particularly concerning material that is one individual's IP, is some of the harshest in the world. As much as we fight for a free and open internet against the RIAA and MPAA, at least we do have some artists and IP holders that agree with our point of view (most notably Trent Reznor) and we still have the ability to somewhat sway corporations to back off supporting ridiculous legislation (as several companies did when the SOPA/PIPA backlash clearly demonstrated a net loss to their bottom line so long as they continued to support it). Really, in the current environment, we are better off keeping our regulation at home where waving our wallets still has some capacity to accomplish something.

Bottom line is that if we want free speech, we have to fight for it tooth and nail... and not enough people are willing to do that. They think that if it doesn't effect their daily life, it's a non-issue.
2012-12-04 07:03:51 PM  

cfletch13: I skimmed through the article, but it seemed to me that it was the Russians proposing the measure, but the UN is unlikely to enact any such thing.

Depends -- the general assembly is composed of a lot of countries, and very, very few of them are democracies committed to freedom of information. Even among Western-style democracies, the US has unusually strong free speech rights, so any sort of international agreement is likely to be more restrictive.
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