Wednesday, November 16, 2005

U.S. Retains Control of the 'Net

Praise the Lord!

From The Washington Times:
Efforts to replace U.S. oversight of the Internet with an international committee were defeated yesterday during U.N.-sponsored meetings.
Hundreds of government, nonprofit and industry delegates meeting at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, Tunisia, agreed to establish a new international forum to discuss Internet issues, but it would not have any policy-making power.
"No new organizations were created," said David Gross, the State Department's Internet policy chief and head of the U.S. delegation. "No oversight mechanisms were established by anyone over anyone. There was also no change in the U.S. government's role in relation to the Internet, and no mechanism for such a change was created.

(Found on World Net Daily).
This is great news. Should the UN have been put in charge of the internet, there is no telling how many restrictions, controls, censorship and problems would have appeared. It's bad enough putting any government in charge of anything more significant than a shovel full of earthworms, but the US has a basic "hands off" policy when it comes to the administration of the 'net. The last thing we need is to have the most corrupt organization on the planet controlling the largest information transfer mechanism ever devised!

Great example of letting the market take care of something...