Net attack 27/11/2012
The best thing about the internet is its borderless freedom. Ideas, observations and news reports can circulate the globe untouched by oppressive governments.
That freedom is under challenge as the dysfunctional United Nations ponders ways to take control of the worldwide web.
Dow Jones executive and digital media expert Gordon Crovitz writes that in a bid to send the freewheeling digital world back to the state control of the analog era, China, Russia, Iran and Arab countries are trying to hijack a U.N. agency that has nothing to do with the Internet.
Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users a day.
Bet communications minister Conroy is taking keen interest in this, given his inept handling of a multi-million dollar fiddle – the National Broadband Network.
Fortunately, even Conroy recognises the political damage support for the UN proposal would entail.
Although Australia supported the idea of a review of the ITR treaty when it was announced back in June, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has increasingly voiced concerns over the direction it is headed.
“We don’t believe the existing system needs any significant or radical change,” he told the ABC’s AM program. “We don’t believe a case has been made at all.”
Our neighbours are opposed to the proposed takeover:
New Zealand will vote against a move by the United Nations to take control of the internet.