INTERNET POWER GRAB BY UN: USA Should Give Up Internet “Governance,” Say Global Bureaucrats

by Richard Poe
Wednesday, August 3, 2005

8:01 am Eastern Time

American money and know-how created the Internet. Now UN bureaucrats want America to turn the whole system over to them. (hat tip, Drudge Report)

According to a July 14 report by the United Nations’ Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), all “stakeholders” in the Internet – that’s UN-speak for everyone who has a “stake” in the Internet, or everyone who uses it – should take part in running it, especially if those stakeholders happen to be Third-World dictators.

“International organizations… should ensure that all stakeholders, particularly from developing countries, have the opportunity to participate in the determination of policy decisions that affect them, and promote and support such participation,” says the report.

The UN plan would require the United States to turn over control of the Internet’s 13 original root servers to global bureaucrats. The root servers are computers which regulate Internet traffic all over the world.

No way, says Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Coleman submitted a statement into the Congressional Record Monday defying the UN power grab.

“My probe of the U.N. as Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed management that was at best, incompetent, and at worst corrupt,” he said. “The first priority for the United Nations must be fundamental reform of its management and operations rather than any expansion of its authority and responsibilities. The Internet has flourished under U.S. supervision, oversight, and private sector involvement. This growth did not happen because of increased government involvement, but rather, from the opening on the Internet to commerce and private sector innovation. Subjecting the Internet and its security to the politicized control of the UN bureaucracy would be a giant and foolhardy step backwards.”

In 1998, the Clinton Commerce Department promised to surrender control of the Internet to global regulators in a series of gradual steps. However, the Bush Commerce Department nixed the Clinton plan, announcing on June 30, 2005 that it intends to keep the root servers under US control.

by Richard Poe
August 3, 2005 08:01 AM ET

Cross-posted from 08.03.05


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  1. kyle says:

    Looks like we got Bolton there just in time. Kick some butt John!

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Tell them to start their own system.

  3. RightWinger says:

    That’s the world for you, always whining to the breast milk of America. Tell the UN it is time for them to wean their collective ass of American help and make something good and wholesome for themselves.

    I mean, if Algore wanted the UN to control the Internet, he would have given it to them as a gift after its creation, right?

  4. x stamper says:

    This doesn’t take the nose of a hound dog to tell you this smells of Hillary.

  5. strick says:

    I agree. Not being one to submit to conspiracy theories, there are some incidents that could lead one to take note.

    1. Remember approximately a year ago the buzz about Bill Clinton taking charge of the U.N.

    2. Does everyone really believe the Democrats’ complaints about Bolton? I believe they don’t want us represented for the upcoming session and could care less about how badly the American taxpayer gets the shaft by the world body.

    3. Hillary has made her support of the U.N. very clear.

    4. It scares the heck out of me, the thought of Bill moving Kofi out of power and Hillary with a successful run in 2008.

  6. lobo says:

    We should NOT give up control to Kofi.
    We should CHARGE them for the use of our services!

  7. bsandner says:

    Great idea. Let’s take the best case for free markets and place it under the control of the UN. Ayn Rand would be rolling over in her grave.

  8. memo says:

    China is already filtering out words like freedom and democracy from getting to the Chinese. If the U.N. gets control, only anti-American articles will get through.

  9. x stamper says:

    This tells me Hillary knows she can’t get elected unless the MSM is the main source of the American people’s news.

  10. SavoirFaire says:

    First the Panama Canal (thanks to Jimmy Carter) and now the Internet?? I don’t think so. Next thing you know, the UN will lease out the operation of those root servers to the ChiComms, like Panama did the Canal.


  11. jhm0jjm says:

    Couple of points

    1) Internet might be American but the WWW was invented by an Englishman. Don’t grab all the glory!

    2) For some reason a lot of people think the internet is already under the control of global governance. I actually went to a Jan Aart Scholte lecture (google him) where he repeated this mistake. The wider point is that powerful states are necessary to maintain international order.

  12. dgene says:

    Norm Coleman for President.
    (provided he can kiss babies and throw out baseballs at opening games).

  13. Rightminded says:

    x stamper says: “This tells me Hillary knows she can’t get elected unless the MSM is the main source of the American people’s news.”

    Very sagacious comment x stamper!

    “Instead, as the study illustrates, consumers between the ages of 18-34 are increasingly using the web as their medium of choice for news consumption. While local TV news remains the most accessed source of news, the internet, and more specifically, internet portals, are quickly becoming the favored destination for news among young consumers.”

    Full Story Here!

    The left wants to control the future, THE YOUNG, by controlling the Net. Just like they controlled the young with the Hitler Youth, all of the Communist youth organizations, too numerous to list and yes, the American radicals of the sixties and seventies.

    They know that old Rightminded farts like yours truly are too hip to their evil jive!

  14. Rightminded says:

    As an appurtenance to my post above, it should go without saying that certain youngbloods on this site are included when I say, hip to the “rats'” evil jive.

    You all know who you are!

  15. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Since Al Gore invented the internet, we should let him decide who runs it. After all, he has done such a good job running his rental property. Except for the plumbing.

  16. Mr. Beamish says:

    The Internet has taken control of every force ever rallied to control and contain it.

    Be careful what you wish for, UN. Bloggers are itching to bring you down.

  17. J. Bargholz says:

    Another attempted imperialistic grab by the dictators in the UN. Their hypocricy is exceeded only by their lust for power. Of course, sticking it to the man (the US,) is always fun.

  18. J. Bargholz says:

    jhmOjjm, nobody is grabbing the glory from Sir Tim Berners Lee. As the inventer of the worldwide web he is a Knight Commander in the Order of the British Empire and the Greatest Briton of 2004. America has honored him as the first holder of the 3Com Founder’s Chair at MIT, an esteemed member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century. (Time magazine was right for once.) He has, in fact, been honored extensively worldwide.

    Nobody at this blog claimed that the worldwide web was invented by Americans, only that American money and Know-how created and protects the internet.

    Dont be so insecure, brother.

  19. x stamper says:

    I’m afraid the left is beginning to learn how to manipulate the “MOOD” of the conversations in places like this.

  20. Rightminded says:

    Derek Wyatt, who follows Internet regulation says:

    “We should be eternally grateful that the UN has failed to reach agreement, it’s the last thing we want,” he told ZDNet UK. “It would be singularly inappropriate for that mid-20th century body, which is badly in need of a total refit, to take on anything as radical as Internet governance.”

    Investor’s Business Daily editorial concludes:

    Given its record of mismanagement and corruption, the U.N. shouldn’t be handed the keys to the Internet. It’s too precious a resource. We need look only as far as the oil-for-food scandal – possibly the largest fraud in history – for evidence as to why this is true. Giving the U.N. control over the Internet would be giving it control over the future – which rightly belongs to entrepreneurs, inventors and dreamers, not faceless bureaucrats who can scarcely conceal their loathing for the free-market success the U.S. represents.

  21. J. Bargholz says:

    The UN wasn’t created to control anything. It is not a world governing body. There is no world government.

    The thought of them controlling any root servers, much less all of the original 13 is terrifying. Those idiots couldn’t handle a slap fight in a preschool. They’re going to regulate internet traffic? Even if their motives were benign, the idea is ridiculous.

  22. Richard Poe says:

    x stamper writes: “I’m afraid the left is beginning to learn how to manipulate the `MOOD’ of the conversations in places like this.”

    A cryptic comment. What does it mean?

  23. x stamper says:


    The left has learned to come on and make the most ridiculous statements to frame the debate. For example: Gitmo. How much time did people spend arguing with some nitwit as to whether or not a terrorist was being tortured because his AC wasn’t set to the right temperature?

    You’re doing a great job of keeping these kind of nitwits to a minimum. After all, when you boil it down, you’re trying to reason with someone who argues that the caves of Tora Bora were much more comfortable than Gitmo.

    Another thing I’ve noticed is some extreme right wingers are textbook examples of what the left believes all those on the right are. Name your phobia. Their opinions never deviate from the left’s talking points as to how to paint a conservative.

    Visit DU. The “MOOD” is everyone is in a constant frenzy. One person is trying to say something more ridiculous than the next. They’re trying to get the same “MOOD” on conservative sites.

  24. Richard Poe says:

    x stampers: “Visit DU. The `MOOD’ is everyone is in a constant frenzy. One person is trying to say something more ridiculous than the next. They’re trying to get the same `MOOD’ on conservative sites.”

    I see. Are you suggesting that some people on these threads may be… ahem, infiltrators? I thought I got rid of that lot.

  25. x stamper says:

    You’ve done a very good job. But even a whole herd of hogs will miss an acorn sometimes.

  26. Richard Poe says:

    x stamper writes: “…even a whole herd of hogs will miss an acorn sometimes.”

    A chilling thought.

  27. x stamper says:

    Richard, I learned the hard way not to trust the left. They’re not about ideas, they’re about money and power. Lying, cheating, stealing, total corruption is a normal way of life. I remember hearing after the collapse of the USSR, that the first thing we learned was that the USSR was not a government as we understand it, it was an organized crime syndicate. I had reached the same conclusion about the Democrat Party shortly before the collapse of the USSR. My opinion hasn’t changed. In 1991/92 it was reported that organized crime worldwide was uniting in a way it had never united before. IMO that uniting included the Democrat Party.

  28. Mr. Beamish says:

    That’s an interesting perspective, X Stamper. My grandfather, who was an inaugural member of a John Birch Society group way back when, always told me not to insult the Mafia by comparing the Democrats to them.

  29. J. Bargholz says:

    X stamper, if there are any leftist infiltraters here they’re doing a damn good job of disguising themselves. Too good. Conservative opinion is being articulated very effectively by all involved. Lefties dont articulate their own positions this well. If some of them are hiding amongst us and expressing mock conservatism I say more power to them. They’re doing a good job.

    I’m being facetious but I’ve encountered the writing of every commenter on this post many times over and if any one of them, including you, is a troll in disguise I’ll eat my keyboard and wash it down with some refreshing kool-aid. I refuse to succumb to paranoia by casting aspersions on my fellow commenters and bloggers. In this case, anyway.

  30. x stamper says:

    J. Bargholz, like I said, Richard does a very good job of keeping them out of here and since he’s a fair guy he needs more than just a hunch to go on before they’re gone. I’m new around here, so I fully expect him to be suspicious of me. As for myself, I’m suspicious of cliche conservatives when they engage in a conversation with an obvious nutcase from the left and the conversation sounds like it’s rehearsed.

    As far as my comments, they weren’t limited to this site nor really intended for this site and the people on it. What I was trying to say, (obviously I wasn’t very good at it), if the left can’t control the net, they will try to control the conversation on it. That’s it. Sorry if anyone is offended by my opinion, but I’m not going to change my opinion just to keep someone from getting their feelings hurt.

  31. Richard Poe says:

    x stamper writes: “Sorry if anyone is offended by my opinion, but I’m not going to change my opinion just to keep someone from getting their feelings hurt.”

    x stamper, you talk like a man with a big chip on his shoulder. What’s your beef?

  32. Mr. Beamish says:

    Maybe X Stamper thinks Hillary Clinton posts here.


  33. mtw says:

    Point of fact: the internet “root servers” most certainly do not “regulate all internet traffic.”

    The root servers are part of the DNS (Domain Name System) that provide all DNS servers with information about how to find the IP address for any computer on the public global internet. They perform no regulatory function at all.

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