This annoys other countries. Many of those countries are our allies and trading partners.
Additionally, the international nature of the internet means that businesses are currently forced to abide by hundreds of differing sets of regulations. Business would benefit from having a more unified regulatory environment.
One of you will end up here next!
But I knew this was going to be your exact response. Because none of the right-wingers in this thread even know what sort of regulation is being discussed. They didn't bother to check, they just saw "U.N." and immediately starting tooth-gnashing.
One of you will end up here next!
From the OP....
U.S. congressional resolutions and much of the commentary, including in this column, have focused on proposals by authoritarian governments to censor the Internet. Just as objectionable are proposals that ignore how the Internet works, threatening its smooth and open operations," reports the Wall Street Journal.
So, while you think this is all ado about not much, have you read this part? and why would you ignore such a possibility? Clearly you like the internet, and use it....But is it just the ideological mind that is blinded equally where you claim we see UN=bad, you in turn see UN=all good.....So just what the hell are you arguing here?
this is the faux news ignore reality and spout numbers that don't mean anything BS. The problem is that legal definitions require so much wording to cover all the possible attacks or loopholes that vague and simple wording tends to open up. this is why you see pages and pages of crap. Everything has to be defined so that when the lawyers and rich people decide to find an opening they cannot get through. So it has to be complicated because simple wording does not work for the greedy and people who want to get around laws. This is how things like fake POT is legal. Each time the government bans chemical A it is altered to chemical B which is legal. hence the list of controlled substances keeps on growing and growing. This system works for everything. Can i deduct my home as a business expense if i do business in my home? Then when that is eliminated can i write off the room i use for business, or the products I buy for the business. Every time someone does something new it becomes a matter of adding to the legislation because things are not written. Look at minority protection. It is legal in some cases to slur certain communities and fire people for their participation in them because the laws against discrimination do not specifically mention them.
You are whining about something that is way beyond the scope of this thread, and probably doesn't have a simple solution as long as people are creative. Simply if we are going to allow the government to do regulation on the internet we have to create a whole series of laws for the internet as it is brand new and was not in the original constitution. Yes, that is going to create large amounts of legislation where some of it will be unconstitutional and have to be reviewed and removed. That is part of the process. The legislature suffers no penalty for making unconstitutional laws they know are wrong, so why not pass them and see how much they can get away with before the courts react?
In the end I do not fear a UN or US crackdown on the internet. Simply it just won't work. It is something people in the IT security field have known for a long time. If there is a connection people will find a way. New technology will be created that will make old security a liability. The only real way to secure something is to disconnect it and even that is not secure from someone getting in and leaking your stuff from the source. Really, what is so scary about china trying to censor the internet? They cannot even get their own internet censored. They have totalitarian control of their country and their people still get around their security. the UN does not control the world, and without that control any attempt to censor the private entities that allow access to the internet from many different countries becomes damned near impossible for an organization that doesn't have anything in the way of enforcement and punishment. It simply cannot be done, and if it could it simply would be abandoned and a new internet set up because the technology is so cheap.
Take a look, it is not without it's real world proof. AOL was pretty popular, and extremely restrictive. They thought their customers wanted restricted access to the internet and they worked to make it as hard as possible for their people to get places they did not want them to go. In the beginning AOL was popular because it was simple and easy and any monkey with a PC could use it. very few people use the AOL network anymore, and it is out there. In the end the opportunity to shut down technology is ending as the older less versed people lose to the kids who are raised with it and understand it much better. hell, the world cannot even deal with the script kiddies at Anon. imagine what would happen if they tried to stop real hackers?
Every year we have chicken little types running around about how the internet is going to be controlled by the FCC, the UN, the Federal Government and every single year nothing ever happens. The batting average of the Planet Prison crowd is about as great as that of Nostradamus.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK