Giving Control of the Internet to the U.N.?

By Deane Barker on November 11, 2003

Plan for UN to run internet ‘will be shelved’: I’m not paranoid about the U.N. like some people, but this just strikes me as a bad idea, mixing business and politics to this extent.

“An attempt by developing countries to put management of the internet under United Nations auspices is likely to be shelved at next month’s world information summit in Geneva – but the issue is now firmly on the international agenda, summit sources say. […]

Poorer nations such as Brazil, India, South Africa, China and Saudi Arabia, as well as some richer ones, are growing dissatisfied with the workings of California-based Icann (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the semi-private internet address regulator set up five years ago.

The critics argue that the internet is a public resource that should be managed by national governments and, at an international level, by an intergovernmental body such as the International Telecommunications Union, the UN agency that is organising the information summit.”

Via Metafilter, which had the hysterical title of “All You IP, Now Belong to Us.”