Oh, Here's A Great Idea...

Friday, September 30, 2005

By all means, let's turn this puppy over to the geniuses at the European Union and the United Nations:

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union insisted Friday that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a showdown with the United States on the future of Internet governance.

A senior U.S. official reiterated Thursday that the country wants to remain the Internet's ultimate authority, rejecting calls in a United Nations meeting in Geneva for a U.N. body to take over.

EU spokesman Martin Selmayr said a new cooperation model was important ''because the Internet is a global resource.''

Update (7:58 AM PST): Perhaps this, via InstaPundit, will serve as a sort of Quod Erat Demonstrandum...

Update (5:14 PM PST): Keeping in mind that eternal vigilance is the price of Internet liberty, one still is tempted to breathe a small sigh of relief on reading this...


Knucklehead said...

Dear Mr. Selmayr,

I admire your remarkable insight that the internet is a global resource and now that you've pointed it out to me I must admit that I couldn't agree more.

It is essential to me and to many other of my six billion closest friends that the internet continue to operate in a manner that approximates adequate functionality. The United Sates has my gratitiude for managing to accomplish that to this point as would any organization which manages such a globally important task in the future.

At the current time there is, to my knowledge, no global organization sufficiently free of corruption and of demonstrated competence. Not to manage the internet or anything else I can detect.

Feel free, if you so desire, to create or modify an existing global organization to produce one sufficiently free of corruption and which can demonstrate appropriate competence.

Take as long as you wish. You know where to find us when it is time to revisit this issue. Until then I think it wise to continue to muddle through as best we can.


chuck said...

Is internationalize the new version of nationalize? I can see an international standards board for the technology, but letting states that already practice censorship, such as France, into the management worries me no end. Internationalization is the first step to control, which leads to censorship. That's how I see it.

You international guys, keep your cotton pickin' fingers out of the internet.

Rick Ballard said...

"We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet,"

It appears that Ambassador Gross has attended at least one of Ambassador Bolton's 'strong letter follows' seminars on international diplomacy.

Go Condi - and Go John.