Leaked Proposals Set Stage for UN Squabble Over Internet Freedom


By Richard Adhikari – The United States is battling over proposed United Nations regulations that could place new burdens and restrictions on Internet companies and users.

One U.S. objection to this proposal, though, is that its wording could let a country repress political opposition and cite the ITRs for support. Another is that it appears to contradict Article 19 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This states that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.

However, the U.S. government itself monitors and regulates Internet use, so “some of Congress‘ statements about WCIT have a strong odor of hypocrisy,” said Eli Dourado, a research fellow at the George Mason University Mercatus Center. more> http://tinyurl.com/7oxtr34

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