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U.N. Creates Internet Governance Working Group


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 09:47 AM

Preparations are in full swing for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, or WSIS, later next year. The United Nations, which is hosting the follow-up event in Tunis, Tunisia in November 2005, has selected members of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), the organization said Thursday. The group, which will be chaired by Nitin Desai, special advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will include 40 members from governments, the private sector and civil society, a term collectively applied to nongovernmental organizations representing a wide variety of interests from human rights to free software. A list of the members is available at the WGIG Web site.
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Posted 12 November 2004 - 11:24 PM

I am wary of having my OWN government too involved in regulating the internet, let alone the UN bureaucracy, which is not only combersome but generally ineffective. Even if the experts could possibly agree on anything, the implementation would be left to less-than-knowledgeable politicians, whose desire to meddle with the relative freedom of the NET----always of course to make it "better" and "protect" people---will eventually stiffle all forms of free expression. China, Iran, and a host of other countries are certainly not great exponents of the free exchange of ideas that as made the NET the great force in everyday life that it is.
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Posted 12 November 2004 - 11:44 PM

Once the rest of the world's "Nations" adopt the US Constitution as their own, then we might "think" about "adopting" the UN.

Until then, -bite moi!!!

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 03:29 AM

I'm glad they talking. We can answer. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 November 2004 - 03:41 AM

Once one has served under the auspice of the "UN" and Bled because of it's pure ignorance then we can talk about it - " I'm glad they talking. We can answer."

MY answer - adopt the US Constitution first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 13 November 2004 - 03:53 AM

Thats an answer. There are millions of voices. They ought to hear 'em, and I think in time they will. More of them every day, as open source & how it can apply to lives & computers of all kinds continues to break down barriers erected by those who can only profit from the ignorance of others. That or complacency, and I don't think the computer users can be called complacent in the light of all that occurs in the daily operation of the WorldWideWeb.
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Posted 13 November 2004 - 04:01 AM

Point taken.

and I'll pass it along also!
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Posted 13 November 2004 - 08:16 AM

From an interesting article by Kevin Maney:

"It's the same story anywhere: The further a government gets from democracy, the more it hates an open Internet."


Source:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kev...et-access_x.htm

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 11:46 AM

"It's the same story anywhere: The further a government gets from democracy, the more it hates an open Internet."

I share this opinion from that article: And there could be no more effective way to promote democracy and free markets in Iraq than to significantly boost the number of Iraqis using the Internet. Maybe give Case a little sliver of the Iraq occupation budget and have him set up Iraq Online, complete with an Arabic-language "You've got mail!"
(the Case referred to is the guy who setup AmericaOnline originally)
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