...While the climate commissars of the UN have been sand-bagging science, the better to tax and regulate your life, another branch of the UN keeps looking for ways get its claws on the worldwide web.The UN lords? I don't like them any better than I do the Canadian pishers--those "big" fish in a small pond--who are trying their utmost to subvert free speech here.
Headquartered in the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva, this gang goes under the label of the Internet Governance Forum, or IGF, which takes its inspiration from a summit convened in 2005 in Tunis — just one of many IGF member states specializing in online censorship. Since then, this “forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue” has been meeting in various places around the globe.
Last month, these wannabe worldwide web commissars met in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt — a meeting attended by more than 1,800 participants from 112 countries. Out of this came a video-clip, now making the rounds, of Beijing’s man at the podium, UN Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang, head of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, trying to open a session after a bit of a security snafu.
The clip is 2 minutes, 46 seconds long — all of it illuminating. But if you want to skip to where Sha really swings into action, start about 1 minute 4o seconds in. Behold, oh bloggers: Your future UN lords of the internet, at work.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Lassoing the Web
Censorship, as we know, acts both locally and globally. Locally, we are plagued by those who would do away with the "hate," every bit of it, on the World Wide Web. Globally, ditto, as per this report by that scourge of the UN, the intrepid Claudia Rosett: