The UN is considering a grave threat to our freedom, internet freedom. "Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model." Repressive countries, Russia and China, and repressive ideologies like Islam, need to reign in the freedoms afforded by an unregulated internet.
(WSJ) Russia, China and their allies within the 193 member states of the ITU want to renegotiate the 1988 treaty to expand its reach into previously unregulated areas. Reading even a partial list of proposals that could be codified into international law next December at a conference in Dubai is chilling:
- • Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control;
- • Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for "international" Internet traffic, perhaps even on a "per-click" basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries;
- • Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as "peering."
- • Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world;
- • Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work;
- • Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices.
And let's face it, strong-arm regimes are threatened by popular outcries for political freedom that are empowered by unfettered Internet connectivity. They have formed impressive coalitions, and their efforts have progressed significantly.
The UN is driven largely by the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), the largest religious and political organization/bloc of countries at the august body (and the world). Close to the Muslim World League of the Muslim Brotherhood, it shares the Brotherhood's strategic and cultural vision: that of a universal religious community, the Ummah, based upon the Koran, the Sunna, and the canonical orthodoxy of shari'a. The OIC represents 56 countries and the Palestinian Authority (considered a state), the whole constituting the universal Ummah with a community of more than one billion three to six hundred million Muslims. (Bat Yeor)
The OIC is nothing less than a “would-be, universal caliphate.” It might look different from the caliphates of the Ottomans, Fatimids, and Abbasids. It might resemble, instead, a thoroughly modern trans-national bureaucracy. But, already, the OIC exercises significant power through the United Nations, and through the European Union, which has been eager to accommodate the OIC while simultaneously endowing the U.N. with increasing authority for global governance.
"The caliphate is alive and growing within Europe. . . . It has advanced through the denial of dangers and the obfuscating of history. It has moved forward on gilded carpets in the corridors of dialogue, the network of the Alliances and partnerships, in the corruption of its leaders, intellectuals and NGOs, particularly at the United Nations.” Bat Ye'or
The OIC has been on a jihad to restrict free speech under the blasphemy laws of the sharia (criticizing or offending Islam is punishable by death). In Islam's ongoing war on the truth, it's not the hate that is reviled, it's recognition of the hate. The UN doesn't care when imams preach hatred and violence -- only when anti-jihadists report on what they said does it become "hate speech." Now sharia blasphemy law is being enforced at the UN under the guise of "hate speech."
The OIC has undertaken a media blitz to silence free speech in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the sharia. These modern day barbarians will meet a fierce army of freedom lovers. The first session of the International Freedom Defense Congress, the operating body of the human rights organization Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), will be held in New York on September 11, 2012. The principal focus of the Congress will be a media offensive against Islamic supremacist attempts to restrict the freedom of speech in the free world, and the smear campaigns against freedom fighters in newspapers and media institutions in the West.
The Obama adminstration has partnered with these religious statists and has hosted Islamic leaders, religious scholars and advocacy groups that are pushing for hate-speech laws which, in their most virulent and fundamentalist form, criminalize what they perceive as blasphemy.
Itamar Gelbman, now running for Congress, is right. Defund the UN.
House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet The HillIt’s an unpopular idea with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress, and officials with the Obama administration have also criticized it.
“We're quite concerned,” Larry Strickling, the head of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said in an interview with The Hill earlier this year.
He said the measure would expose the Internet to “top-down regulation where it's really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders aren't.”
At a hearing earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also criticized the proposal. He said China and Russia are "not exactly bastions of Internet freedom."
"Any place that bans certain terms from search should not be a leader in international Internet regulatory frameworks," he said, adding that he will keep a close eye on the process.
Yet the proposal could come up for a vote at a UN conference in Dubai in December.